Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that on December 4th, CHARLES KING, dob: 06/30/1949, of Branson Missouri, entered a plea to the class B felony of trafficking in the second degree. Per the terms of the plea agreement, CHARLES KING faces a maximum range of punishment up to ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

On June 3, 2008, C.O.M.E.T. task force officers executed a search warrant at the residence of CHARLES KING in Branson, Missouri. During a search of the residence C.O.M.E.T. officers found multiple items of drug paraphernalia, approximately $3000.00 in cash and sixteen individual bags each containing a white crystalline substance. That substance was later tested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab and determined to be methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance weighing 50.02 grams.

Formal sentencing in the case is set for January 15, 2009 in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr.