Steven Paul Phares, 27, Buffalo, was charged in Dallas County Circuit Court with the Class B felony of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with intent to distribute on Sept. 5. He also was charged with the felonies of maintaining a public nuisance, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

His bond was set at $100,000 and he is scheduled to appear before Judge Michael Hendrickson Dec. 4.

In his probable cause statement, Chief Curtis Mayfield of the Buffalo Police Department said that on Sept. 5 Officer Jeremy Gann made contact with a man who was acting suspiciously, parked in front of Jasper Hardware Store on Maple Street. Officer Gann gained consent to search the vehicle where he located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The man said the reason he was parked in front of the store acting suspiciously was because he was waiting for Steven Phares, who resides in the apartment above Jasper Hardware. He said he was meeting Phares to buy some marijuana for $70 for a quarter ounce.

Chief Mayfield said that on Oct. 29 he was approached by a male subject who requested that Mayfield watch his neighbor at 415 W. Mill St. for drug activity. The subject explained that people continuously come and go from 415 W. Mill during all hours of the night and he believed that their actions were drug related.

On Oct. 29 at approximately 6:10 p.m. several Buffalo police officers served a search warrant at 415 W. Mill St. At the residence, they found Phares and another man and eventually located a blue glass smoking device, syringes, a .45 caliber hand gun and a plastic bag with green plant material that Chief Mayfield recognized as marijuana.

They later found bags containing a white crystalline substance consistent in color and texture with methamphetamine. The substance later tested positive for meth.

Anyone accused of a crime is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in  court of law.

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