On Friday morning, June 22, 2018, TIFFANY LEANN EPPS, d/o/b 11-29-1984, of Branson, entered a guilty plea without an agreement to the class C felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, the class D felony of possession of a controlled substance, and the class E felony of driving while license revoked. Epps was set for a bench trial before the Honorable Tony W. Williams today and entered her plea before the trial could begin. Judge Williams set Epps’ sentencing for September 11, 2018.
The plea stemmed from a drug investigation conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on February 7, 2017. Troopers had reliable information that drugs were being kept and sold at a house occupied by Epps in the Branson area. Epps was seen leaving the residence and was stopped for a separate traffic violation when it was discovered her license was revoked. Epps was arrested and found in possession of half a gram of methamphetamine. Troopers subsequently acquired a search warrant for her home and found over 60 grams of methamphetamine along with scales and baggies inside the residence.
A class C felony carries a range of punishment between three (3) and ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, plus possible fines. Possession of a controlled substance carries between two (2) and seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and driving while revoked carries a maximum of four (4) years in the Department of Corrections.