Joplin police arrested two Southeast Kansas residents on drug trafficking charges this week at a hotel.

According to a press release from the Joplin Police Department, detectives were conducting a followup at the Home 2 Suites hotel, 3000 S. Rangeline Road. During their investigation they contacted Morgan L. Wilkins, 26, of Parsons in a black 2019 Nissan Altima in the parking lot.

Wilkins had an active warrant for her arrest and was taken into custody. Following her arrest, Wilkins allegedly was found to have 84 grams of methamphetamine in her possession along with a black 9mm handgun and over $3,000 in cash. Wilkins was also on probation for a previous conviction of possession of a controlled substance from another state.

Detectives also contacted Tremanyne M. Darkis, 41, of Columbus, who is an acquaintance of Wilkins. Darkis, formerly of Parsons, was in another vehicle. He had a felony warrant from Placer County, California, for possession of a controlled substance for sale, transport or sell of a controlled substance and possession of ammunition by a felon. Investigators reported that Darkis had several bags of marijuana that were packaged for distribution. He also allegedly had over $3,000 in cash and other items of drug paraphernalia in his possession.

Wilkins was transported to the Joplin city jail on her active warrant and charged with trafficking drugs in the second degree and unlawful possession of a firearm. Her bond was set at $10,000 cash only. Darkis also was transported to the Joplin jail on his active warrant and charged with trafficking drugs in the second degree, delivery of marijuana and charges of being a fugitive from another state. His bond was also set at $10,000 cash only.

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