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Man from Republic pleads guilty to meth charge

He was originally arrested December 21, 2020

A man from Republic, Missouri pleaded guilty to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute on Thursday.

49-year-old Heath E Yarger admitted to posseesing 336 grams of meth when he was arrested on Dec 21, 2020.

A release  from the Western District of Missouri says,

“A Christian County, Mo., sheriff’s deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop of Yarger, who was driving a Chevrolet Silverado on Highway CC near Carnegie Road. Yarger failed to yield, however, and a pursuit ensued. Stop sticks were deployed and disabled the two passenger side tires. The pursuit continued onto northbound Highway 160 as Yarger reached speeds of 100 miles per hour and began to swerve and travel in the middle of the roadway, nearly striking multiple other vehicles. The pursuit continued through several residential streets before returning to Highway 160. The pursuit ended near the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Primrose Street in Springfield, Mo. Yarger ran from the vehicle and was arrested.

Officers found a plastic bag that contained approximately 44.2 grams of methamphetamine in Yarger’s left jacket pocket. Officers searched his vehicle and found two plastic bags that contained an approximate total of 291.8 grams of methamphetamine.”

Yarger faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, according to the the release.

You can view the full release here.

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