ST. LOUIS, Missouri – A man from Hannibal, Missouri has been found guilty of multiple charges related to methamphetamine possession and gun crimes. Justin Fuget, 35, was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. The charges against him include being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking offense.
During the trial, evidence and testimonies revealed that the Hannibal Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Fuget’s vehicle on March 25, 2022. Officers noticed a large safe on the passenger seat and observed Fuget behaving nervously. A drug-sniffing dog indicated the presence of narcotics, leading the police to discover a firearm hidden between the driver’s seat and the center console. As a convicted felon, Fuget is prohibited from possessing firearms.
A subsequent search of the safe, authorized by the court, uncovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and ammunition. Additionally, text messages found on Fuget’s phone provided further evidence of his involvement in the distribution of methamphetamine.
Fuget’s sentencing is scheduled for April 9, where he could face a minimum of 10 years in prison for these offenses. The investigation into the case was conducted collaboratively by the Hannibal Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Catherine Hoag and Paul D’Agrosa are prosecuting the case.
In conclusion, Justin Fuget of Hannibal, Missouri has been convicted of multiple felony charges related to methamphetamine possession and gun crimes. The jury verdict comes after a trial in U.S. District Court in St. Louis, where evidence presented by law enforcement officers, including the discovery of firearms and drugs, supported the prosecution’s case. Fuget’s sentencing is scheduled for April 9, and he faces a potential sentence of at least 10 years in prison. Collaboration between the Hannibal Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration led to the investigation and successful conviction of Fuget.