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Traffic stop leads to drug charges in Pawnee County
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Joseph Shane Allen

LARNED — Joseph Shane Allen, 42 of Pierceville, made a first appearance in the Pawnee County District Court Monday afternoon concerning felony drug charges. Allen was arrested by the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Department without incident following a routine traffic stop on Thursday, Sept. 28. 

He is charged with possession of between 3.5 and 100 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession of between 10 and 100 doses of an opioid or narcotic drug with intent to distribute; unlawful drug manufacturing precursors ephedrine or pseudoephedrine; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia suitable for manufacture of a controlled substance; criminal possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of hallucinogenic drug; circumvention of an interlock device; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia suitable for ingesting a controlled substance; and speeding.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 16. Allen remains in the custody of the Pawnee County Sheriff with bond set at $90,000 cash or surety. Depending of his criminal history, if convicted as charged the defendant faces a presumptive prison sentence of seven years or more with the department of corrections.