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Chaffee man allegedly sold prescription drug to undercover officer on school parking lot

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A 19-year-old arrested Jan. 19 for allegedly selling a controlled substance in the parking lot of the Scott City Public School was attempting to sell Xanax, according to a probable-cause affidavit from the Scott County prosecutor's office.

Keith R. Totty of Chaffee, Mo., sold an undercover police officer 10 small blue pills sealed in a clear plastic bag at around 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15, according to the affidavit. He's charged with felony distributing a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of a school.

Once the pills were entered as evidence, they were identified as Xanax tablets, a controlled substance, according to the affidavit.

While Xanax is commonly used for the management of anxiety disorders, it is sometimes used recreationally to amplify the effects of marijuana or heroin.

In the probable cause statement, police officer Wayne Hampton said four days after the initial sale it was arranged for the undercover officer and Totty to meet for another sale. Several officers and the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force met Totty in the parking of Burger King, 2608 Main St., and arrested him for the Jan. 15 sale on school property.

Totty's bond was set at $15,000, and according to Casenet, bond has been posted. Under conditions of release, Totty is to comply with a curfew and be home between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.

A date has not yet been set for Totty's first court appearance.

Pertinent addresses:

3000 Main St., Scott City, MO

2608 Main St., Scott City, MO


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I thought that it was against the law to buy illegal drugs.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 4:47 PM

And appearently, he was in a fight on Saturday night after 1 a.m. in Cape......bond did not appear to work

-- Posted by cartman on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 8:12 PM

Good job and good arrest.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 5:24 AM

lumpy - Xanax is a controlled substance, but it is not an inherently "illegal drug."

If law enforcement could not engage in drug-related commerce, then they'd never catch drug dealers.

-- Posted by OlderEagle on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 7:39 AM

It is not illegal for Law Enforcement Officers to purchase controlled substances as a part of an investigation or related duties. This is all plowed ground.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 11:18 AM

Yeah we know Red! The police have way to much power that's for sure. Indeed its ok for the Government to buy and sell drugs but oh lord, don't let the citizens get involved! But wait!, they are the customers! Fighting a drug war, what a waste of time,money and resources! We need a new movie and we should call it "drug war madness"!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 12:23 PM

Greywolf, you may know it, but some apparently don't.

I have been consistent in stating my opposition to DTF and the "War on Drugs", but that is irrelevant to the point at hand.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 1:33 PM

Your probably right Red. Just felt compelled to mouth off.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 3:53 PM

Federal law prohibits transfer of this drug to any person other than patient for whom prescribed.

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Jan 29, 2010, at 8:54 AM

Here is the proof that drug dealers are not rocket scientists! You have to be "impaired" to buy/sell ANY drugs around a school - the mandatory sentencing starts kicking in and you cat get 15 year or more. My gosh, go sell them at a lake or in a corn field if you must but keep out of the school zones! Geez!

-- Posted by EvlMcgyver on Tue, Mar 23, 2010, at 9:46 AM


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