RAVENWOOD, Mo. — A Parnell man was arrested last week after authorities said they found a syringe loaded with meth inside his truck.

Gary J. Spire, 65, was charged with possession of a controlled substance in connection with the incident.

According to a Facebook post by the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to check on an abandoned vehicle on Neon Road north of U.S. Highway 136 near Ravenwood around 4 p.m. on Oct. 2.

The post says that while making contact with the occupant of the vehicle, Spire, the deputy observed a syringe cap and alcohol in plain view inside the car.

After obtaining consent to search, the deputy said he found a loaded syringe that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Spire was arrested, charged and released on his own recognizance, online court records indicated.

In a separate incident, Christopher C. Wiederholt, 59, was taken into custody while out on bond and now faces two new charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Authorities responded to a report of a suspicious man in a pickup on a farm on Mahogany near Ravenwood just before 7 a.m. Monday, the sheriff’s office said.

Once again, a deputy reportedly observed a loaded syringe in the pickup and Wiederholt was taken into custody.

According to the sheriff’s office, a spoon and methamphetamine were found on his person. Wiederholt was out on bond pending a case from August when he was arrested and charged with meth possession.

Deputies later searched Wiederholt’s home in Conception Junction and said they found a loaded shotgun. The sheriff’s office said that Wiederholt is a convicted felon and cannot legally possess a firearm.

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