Man charged following SWAT operation

A Jefferson City man faces multiple charges following a SWAT operation.

Friday morning Cole County prosecutors filed charges against Nathan A. Ward of Leonard Drive. He is charged with attempting to distribute crystal meth, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, forgery, and possession of a forging instrument.

Jefferson City Police said at about 9 a.m. Thursday members of the SWAT team used three flash bangs to help them enter the home.

Once inside, police said officers arrested Ward and a woman.

According to the probable cause statement, a detective with the Jefferson City Police Department found small crystal meth, small bags, a digital scale, and more than $2,600. The detective said he found counterfeit $10 bills, including some that had not been cut up, plus paper, ink, computers, and a printer. The detective said the objects were likely used to make the illegal cash.

Police said Ward is a persistent drug offender. His criminal past includes at least two prior convictions for felony drug charges.

According to court documents, Ward also is on parole at this time for theft, forgery, possessing a forging instrument, receiving stolen property, and three counts of felony possession of a controlled substance.