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A 39-year-old Bonne Terre man was arrested in Arnold for alleged possession of drugs following a reported shoplifting incident at Walmart. The man, who already was a convicted felon, also allegedly was found with more than $1,500 in cash and a gun, Arnold Police reported.

At 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13, police were called to the Walmart store at 2201 Michigan Ave. because the man allegedly was trying to leave with $263.36 in merchandise he did not pay for. Officers stopped him as he was exiting the store with the merchandise in his possession, the report said.

When officers searched the man, they also allegedly found a large bag with a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine in it, as well as $1,280 in cash in his pockets. A police dog was brought to the scene to inspect a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 the man had driven to the store, and the dog alerted officers to the possible presence of drugs in the pickup, according to the report.

In the truck, officers allegedly found substances that appeared to be meth and marijuana, as well as a .40-caliber NKC gun, two glass smoking pipes and another $300 in cash. Since the man was a convicted felon, he was not supposed to have a gun, the report said.

The man was arrested and taken to the Police Station, where he was booked and released pending application for warrants. Depending on results of the drug analysis, Arnold Police will seek charges against the man through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting and unlawful possession of a firearm, Capt. Rich Shular said.

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