The Jasper County prosecutor’s office Monday deferred prosecution of a Texas woman on a felony weapon charge to the U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield.
Vanessa A. Anderson, 37, of News Braunfels, Texas, was scheduled for a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. Instead, the charge was dismissed in light of Anderson’s indictment earlier this year on federal drug and gun charges.
A deputy with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle that Anderson was driving Nov. 15, 2016, at Second Street and Pearl Avenue in Joplin, and arrested her for being a felon in possession of a 9 mm pistol.
The state patrol arrested Anderson again on Jan. 11, 2017, on suspicion of trafficking in drugs when officers tracked a FedEx package containing 233 grams of methamphetamine to a Joplin address where a man informed them that he was being paid by Anderson to receive the package, according to a probable-cause affidavit. When Anderson showed up at the man’s house, she was arrested.
A state charge against her for trafficking in drugs was dismissed in January with the assumption of prosecution of the case by the U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield. A federal grand jury indicted Anderson and four others Feb. 21 on charges of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of meth between March 8, 2016, and Oct. 3, 2017.
The other defendants named in the indictment are Melissa R. Kivett, 40; Kevin L. Kivett Sr., 57; Stephen O. Maggard, 25; and Kenneth D. Ingle, 57.