Missouri man arrested after drugs appeared in social media sales article – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio


REEDS SPRING, Mo. – If you’re going to be selling something on social media and posting a photo, it’s a good idea not to include illegal drugs in the image.

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A Missouri man is charged with drug possession after authorities were alerted to a photo on a Facebook Marketplace page, KFVS reported. The photograph showed a catalytic converter for sale, but what appeared to be crystal meth in a bag was also in the published image, according to the Stone County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

James Anthony Kertz, 38, of Reeds Spring, was arrested on Wednesday, KYTV reported. He has been charged with drug trafficking and illegal possession of a firearm, according to online booking records from the Stone County Sheriff’s Office.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said Kertz did not realize the drugs were visible in the photo.

“In the background there was a bag with a white crystalline substance in it and a needle and spoon lying next to it,” Rader told KYTV.

“We arrived at this gentleman’s house with a search warrant,” Rader wrote on Facebook. “You can imagine his surprise. He still had 48 grams of methamphetamine and a pistol he is prohibited from owning.

“We have now provided her with a new place to stay. Sorry folks, its catalytic converters are not for sale at this time.

Kertz is being held without a deposit, according to online reservation records.


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