A Parsons man made a first appearance recently on drug charges.
Willie Murry Jr., born in 1982, 1011 S. 32nd, is charged in Labette County District Court with distribution or possession with intent to distribute between 450 grams to 30 kilos of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school on March 10, a level one drug felony that could result in a minimum prison term of 138 months upon conviction. He’s also charged with felony use of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon, also a felony.
The Labette County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from Parsons and Coffeyville police, found drugs and weapons in the Parsons home. The search began at 6:54 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the house that sits back from South 32nd Street. Labette County Sheriff Darren Eichinger said at the time that officers seized about 7 pounds of packaged marijuana, about $2,000 cash, two digital scales, boxes of baggies that could be used for packaging marijuana, a vacuum sealer for bags and two 9 mm handguns. Five baggies had about a pound of marijuana in them. Only one person was home at the time of the search. He was briefly detained before being released. Murry was not home at the time and the house came available for rent shortly after the search.
Murry appeared in court with his attorney, Christopher Meek of Baxter Springs.
A status hearing is set Aug. 12. No preliminary hearing was scheduled.