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Drug agents target Maserang Wholesale, 5 charged

Police say the North Outer Road outlet continued illegal trade despite previous felony charges

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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012 9:10 am

BOURBON – The owner of Maserang Wholesale and others are facing charges after an undercover investigator said he purchased drug-smoking paraphernalia and other illegal items at the North Service Road discount store.

According to court documents, Larry P. Maserang, 58, of Bourbon was charged recently in Crawford County Circuit Court with two Class D felony counts for allegedly selling illegal drug paraphernalia, including glass smoking devices, digital scales, and postal scales commonly used in the illicit drug trade. At the time of his arrest, Maserang was out on bond for several drug charges related to alleged sales of drug paraphernalia, distribution of a controlled substance, and a felony count of keeping a public nuisance.

A Probable Cause Statement filed on Nov. 27, 2012 by a Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement investigator states that on October 15, 2012 the undercover officer purchased “a large assortment of glass smoking devices for $438 from Lawrence Maserang. This transaction occurred inside of the Maserang Wholesale Store located at 499 North Service Road in Bourbon, Missouri.”

The investigator also states that on October 24, 2012 he was inside the store and purchased “a large assortment of glass smoking devices, four digital scales and 11 postal scales for $806.84 from Lawrence Maserang.” Furthermore, the investigator notes that Maserang was arrested on two separate counts of distribution of drug paraphernalia, and two separate counts of distribution of a controlled substance. The investigator states that he (the investigator) also made the earlier buys from Maserang and that Maserang was warned by another investigator that it is illegal to sell the paraphernalia pipes.

“From my training and experience as a narcotics investigator and police officer, I recognized the pipes purchased on the above listed dates to be items of drug paraphernalia used to ingest controlled substances, including marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids,” stated the investigator.

Maserang’s wife, Julie Maserang, 45, has been charged in Crawford County with a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession, one misdemeanor count of possession of an imitation controlled substance (such as K-2, etc.), one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one felony count of keeping a public nuisance.

Larry and Julie Maserang are facing forfeiture petitions filed against them under the Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act, which allows government agencies to seize property, cash, and valuables obtained through criminal enterprise.

The recent undercover investigation also led to charges in Crawford County against Sarah Arthur, 39, of Cuba. She is charged with three felony counts related to paraphernalia sales on three separate occasions – Sept. 20, 2012/Oct. 15, 2012/Oct. 24, 2012.

Scott Arthur, 34, of Cuba has been charged in Crawford County with two felony counts identical to the above, but only for the sell/intent to sell that allegedly took place on Oct. 15, 2012 and Oct. 24, 2012. Arthur is also facing a felony firearms charge from an earlier unrelated arrest in Cuba.

Steven P. Maserang, 27, of Bourbon has been charged in Crawford County with one felony count of deliver and/or sale of drug paraphernalia. Court records indicate that police allege Maserang committed the felony on or about Sept. 20, 2012.

According to state law, the range punishment for a Class D felony is imprisonment for not less than two years and not more than four years; or by a special term not to exceed one year in the county jail or by a fine not to exceed $5,000, or by both jail and a fine. If money or property is gained through the commission of a crime, any fine imposed may be not more than double the amount of the offender’s gain from the commission of a crime, up to a maximum of $20,000.

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