Phelps County man indicted on federal drug and weapons charges -

Phelps County man indicted on federal drug and weapons charges

St. Louis, MO ( -- The United States Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday that William Zaritz was indicted on federal charges involving his alleged distribution of over 50 grams of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in August 2011.

Information in this story is from a news release from the Easter Missouri United States Attorney's Office:

William “Mick” Zaritz, 59, from Phelps County, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of ammunition and one felony count if distribution in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine.  He was arraigned in federal court today.

If convicted, the weapons charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000; the drug charge carries a penalty range of five to 40 years in prison. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the South Central Drug Task Force and the Rolla Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Michael Bert is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As is always the case,  charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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