Search for Bateman results in drug charges against two Marshall men

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Responding to a possible sighting of Troy Bateman, suspected of involvement in a shootout with a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer three days previously, MSHP officers arrested two Marshall men for felony drug possession Monday, Jan. 16.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Saline County Prosecutor's office filed charges against the two -- Chad A. Gilmore, 46, and James L. Rife, 41. Gilmore was charged with a class D felony of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid and a class D misdemeanor of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Rife was charged with the same felony possession count, plus an additional class C misdemeanor of attempted tampering with physical evidence and a class A misdemeanor of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia - prior drug offense.

According to the probable cause statements, officers responded to Gilmore's home on the 600 block of Charles Street at approximately 7:24 p.m. Monday, where the officer of record reports Gilmore stated Bateman was not at the residence and consented to a search of the home. During the search, officers allegedly recovered 3.6 grams of methamphetamine.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.

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