Federal trial scheduled for man arrested in New Bloomfield

Trial is set for November for Jeremy Traxler, a man who was arrested in New Bloomfield on drug-related charges last month. Traxler entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment Tuesday, according to Pacer — an online resource for federal appellate, district or bankruptcy court records. The trial will start at 8 a.m. Nov. 3 and the pretrial conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Traxler will remain in federal custody, without bond, until the trial.

A federal grand jury indicted Traxler on Aug. 27 for possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. He was arrested on Aug. 11 in New Bloomfield after the MUSTANG Drug Task Force and Callaway County Sheriff’s Office served a narcotics-related search warrant.

Beau Brinker, Amber Hinton and Traxler were detained at a New Bloomfield residence while officers located a small, portable safe in a bedroom of the home. A drug enforcement administration affidavit stated that Traxler had the key to the safe on a clip along his waistline.

The safe contained about 56 net grams of methamphetamine, according to authorities. Traxler was visiting Brinker and Hinton. He admitted to bringing the safe with him, but denied knowing all of the safe’s contents, according to the drug enforcement administration affidavit.

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and MUSTANG Drug Task Force seized the methamphetamine from the safe, digital scales, packing material, a 2010 Chevrolet truck and about $2,500, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office the week of the arrest. A MUSTANG Drug Task Force ongoing drug investigation led to the narcotics-related search warrant.

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