Two people suspected of selling drugs through an Osage Beach taxicab company appeared in court for initial arraignments.


Two people suspected of selling drugs through an Osage Beach taxicab company appeared in court for initial arraignments.
On Nov. 18, the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group searched Twilight Enterprises Cab Company in Osage Beach. The police search led to 4.5 ounces of methamphetamine, half a pound of marijuana, and four arrests.
Dennis L. Gates, 34, of Osage Beach faces seven felony charges and one misdemeanor charge. He is accused of drug trafficking, five counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of drug possession with intent to distribute. His misdemeanor charge is for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Gates has been in jail in Camdenton since his Nov. 19, arrest and has not been allowed bond. He appeared in court Monday for his initial arraignment before Judge Aaron Koeppen, at which time Koeppen reset Gates' case to Dec. 8, so that Gates will be allowed to hire a private defense attorney.
Desirea R. Shriver, 33, of Osage Beach faces a Class C felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $2,000 cash and $20,000 surety, but she remains in the Camden County jail. On Nov. 23, defense attorney Dale P. Trigg requested that Shriver's bond be reduced, but Koeppen denied the request after hearing arguments from the prosecution and the defense.
Shriver has a preliminary hearing scheduled Dec. 15 in Camden County.