Benton man arrested, charged with drug and property crimes

Allen R. Basinger Jr. (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
Allen R. Basinger Jr. (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)

BENTON, MO (KFVS) - A Benton area man has been arrested and charged with drug and property crimes. 

Allen R. Basinger Jr., 34, of Benton, is charged with drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, forgery, receiving stolen property and driving a motor vehicle with a suspended license. 

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said Basinger was arrested Thursday night during a traffic stop when it was discovered he was operating a motorcycle without a valid license and numerous other traffic related offenses.

During a search, Basinger was found to be in possession of what appeared to be a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

It was also discovered that the vehicle identification number on the frame of the motorcycle and the engine had been removed. 

The vehicle stop lead to issuance of a search warrant for Basinger's residence.

During the search, a large bag of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine was located.

Seven smaller bags of a similar type substance also believed to be methamphetamine were located inside the home.

Numerous items of drug paraphernalia were located throughout the home. 

Walter estimated the street value of the controlled substance to be in the area of $23,000 

Basinger was taken to the Scott County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

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