On February 7, 2023, at approximately 10:07 AM, a Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy conducted a traffic stop with a 2017 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup for a traffic infraction on Interstate 70 in Dickinson County. The Sheriff’s deputy made contact with the driver of the vehicle who was identified as Darren James Denter, 49, out of Old Monroe, Missouri.
The deputy detected the strong odor of marijuana during the traffic stop which led to a search of the vehicle. The search revealed 182 lbs of marijuana, 49 lbs of THC wax, 1000 Psilocybin Mushroom candy bars, 11 lbs of Psilocybin Mushrooms, 550 pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes packaged for sale, and 128 pre-packaged four gram marijuana packages. The estimated street value is over $500,000.
Darren James Denter was booked into the Dickinson County Jail and charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute certain hallucinogenic, and possession of drug paraphernalia are being requested.
The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office encourages parents to talk to their children about accepting and consuming anything they don’t know the origin of as items such as chocolate bars and candy can be laced with illegal and harmful substances.