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      County responds to 2 meth incidents in less than 12 hours

      Update: Monday April 4th at 8:35 a.m.: The Maries County prosecuter has charged George Moody with possession with intent to distribute, a class B felony. A conviction of this class B felony usually carries a penatly of 5 to 15 years. But a judge can increase the punishment up to 30 years if the offender has two or more felony convictions.

      Moody remains in the Maries County Jail on $100,000.00 bond.

      Original Story: A Belle man is in jail pending formal drug charges. Maries County Sheriff's Deputies said they arrested 49-year-old George Moody Thursday night on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.Deputies said Moody was found with a large quantity of meth in his possession during a narcotics investigation.Deputies said Moody was out on house arrest. He was recently sentenced to five years in federal prison on drug charges.In another meth related incident, early Friday morning Maries County authorities responded to a fire they believe was caused by an active meth lab.The fire on Maries County Road 635 near Dixon destroyed a vacant mobile home.Deputies say it appears meth cooks set up shop and lost control of the meth lab causing the fire. They have no suspects in the fire. Deputies said the owner of the mobile home lives out of the state, and is not facing charges.