Three arrested on drug charges in Osage County

Shawn M. Stubblefield

Three people are behind bars facing drug charges out of Osage County.

The situation started Wednesday, when Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon and a sheriff's deputy went to a home on Osage County Road 705 near Branson Lane to arrest Keith "Tuffy" Lansford on a no bond parole revocation warrant.

Lansford fled the scene in a car, crashed the car, then ran away on foot.

Lansford is facing a 10-year prison sentence for parole violations. He was out on bond when he was arrested by the Maries County Sheriff's Office and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of firearms. These charges resulted in the revocation warrant.

Saturday, the Osage County Sheriff's Office, the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted multiple narcotics investigations on Highway 89 near Belle.

During the investigations, authorities were able to find Lansford at 386 Branson Lane.

When law enforcement arrived, several people tried to flee the scene, including Lansford.

Authorities say Lansford saw a deputy approaching and ran back into the house and locked the doors.

Because of prior information that there were multiple guns inside the home, law enforcement surrounded the home.

Sheriff Dixon ordered Lansford out of the home via PA system, and after a short standoff Lansford surrendered.

He was arrested for the existing warrant, and deputies will also be seeking a distribution of a controlled substance charge. Lansford also faces resisting arrest and driving without a valid license charges.

Deputies also arrested in nearby locations:

34-year-old Shawn Stubblefield, of Belle, for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, hindering prosecution and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Ronald Stubblefield, of Belle, for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.