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      Police informant helps nab suspected drug dealer

      The Cole County Prosecutor's Office charged Melvin Nunley Jr. with three counts of felony d istributing a controlled substance near a school.
      A Jefferson City man faces felony charges after allegedly selling drugs to a police informant near Lincoln University. The Cole County Prosecutor's Office charged Melvin Nunley Jr., of Jefferson City, with three counts of felony d istributing a controlled substance near a school.

      According to court records b etween November 13 and November 21, 2013, an informant bought heroin from Nunley inside a residence in the 800-block of Locust Street two different times. The residence is within 500 feet of the Lincoln University Campus. Both purchases were videoed and recorded. Altogether, the informant bought five different baggies which had about .60 grams of heroin. Then between December 6 and December 13, 2013, a police informant bought ??crack?? cocaine from Nunley in the 1000 block of East Dunklin Street, which is within 500 feet of Lincoln University. The controlled purchase was videoed and audio recorded. The "crack" cocaine recovered was in two baggies weighing about .45 grams.

      Nunley Jr. has been a suspect in an ongoing MUSTANG Task Force heroin distribution investigation. He is currently in the Cole County Jail on a $250,000 bond.