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Traffic stop leads to arrest, felony charges

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office arrested a local man on a host of serious charges over the weekend following a routine traffic stop.

Sheriff Josh Brockman’s office reports that Deputy Chandler Staten—assisted by his K9 partner, Nitro—initiated the stop late Saturday night on Pelly Lane, just north of Columbia. 

As the calendar flipped from Saturday night to Sunday morning, Chandler conducted a roadside investigation and search of the vehicle. According to the report, the search led to the discovery of a “large amount of methamphetamine,” along with suspected cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun. 

The deputy arrested 33-year-old James Burris, of Columbia, on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Burris was lodged in Adair County Regional Jail.

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