Police recently arrested a man who allegedly exchanged methamphetamine for stolen firearms.
Christopher Adam Spaulding, 46, 2493 Aplin Ridge Road, Gay, was charged with receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
Magistrate Laura Pursley set bond at $100,000
On Dec. 14, officers with the Ripley Police Department conducted a traffic stop in Ripley, according to a criminal complaint filed in magistrate court.
A search of the vehicle, produced CZ BREN .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle.
During the investigation, it was discovered that the rifle had been stolen from a delivery truck while it was in transit to Bridgeport Equipment in Fairplain.
The rifle, valued at $1,700, had been stolen from the truck by a contract driver for the company. The driver later confessed to having stolen the CZ rifle, along with a Winchester Model 70 .270-caliber rifle a few days prior.
The driver stated both rifles were traded to Spaulding for methamphetamine, according to the complaint.
As part of their investigation, investigators directed the contract driver in a third controlled gun-for-drugs transaction with the Spaulding.
The driver contacted Spaulding by text message and made arrangements to meet with him in the parking lot of Walmart in Ripley to deliver to the defendant a rifle for one gram of methamphetamine.
Officers observed as Spaulding arrived at the meeting location and accepted from the driver a cardboard box containing a Smith & Wesson M&P rifle.
Investigators immediately moved in and took the Spaulding into custody.
Officers found in the defendants pocket a small plastic container holding several small bags of suspected methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint.