SALINE COUNTY, Mo. — Three men accused of selling drugs in Saline County have been formally charged in a Saline County court.
According to a probable cause statement filed Wednesday, an undercover officer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol arranged to purchase four ounces of cocaine for a total of $3,600 from Connor Vance Daugherty, 22, of Kearney, Tuesday, March 20.
Daugherty agreed to the sale and set up a meeting in the I-70 Medical Center parking lot in Sweet Springs to complete the transaction.
Daugherty allegedly met with the officer, who was still undercover, in a vehicle the officer was driving. The officer noted Daugherty arrived in a Jeep with two other people in the car. The driver of the Jeep was later identified as Lloyd Tucker, 27, of Kansas City. He produced a black camera bag allegedly containing cocaine and gave the officer a large bag of a white substance that later tested positive as cocaine. The total weight of the substance was later determined to be roughly 117 grams.
During the transaction, Daugherty told the trooper he was planning on making a trip to Columbia soon with his supplier. When asked, Daugherty did not deny that Tucker was his supplier, according to the probable cause statement.
Daugherty then exited the officer’s vehicle and returned to the Jeep.
Officers then arrested Daugherty, Tucker and a third passenger in the sport-utility vehicle, 22-year-old Michael David Cole Manley.
Manley has not been formally charged over the alleged drug deal. Daugherty and Tucker are both charged with a single felony count of delivery of a controlled substance. Daugherty’s bond was set at $50,000 while bond for Tucker is $20,000. They are currently held at the Saline County Jail.
Both men were arraigned Wednesday and will appear again for a hearing Wednesday, March 28.