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Prosecutor seeks forfeit of suspected drug money

By David Knopf, News Editor

The Ray County Prosecutor filed civil papers May 30 asking the state to approve forfeiture proceedings against Dylan Wyse, a second suspect in the Landon Walker arrest reported last month.
Walker was charged May 23 with several drug and firearm felonies after police investigated a shooting and confiscated almost 100 grams of suspected marijuana, a digital scale, drug paraphernalia and $803 in cash found during a search of Walker’s apartment at 202 S. Camden St.
Police said the cash was found in a wallet belonging to Wyse, Walker’s teammate on Richmond’s 2010 state championship football team.
The prosecutor’s office said Friday that criminal charges against Wyse are under review.
The prosecutor has charged Walker with A Felony distribution of a controlled substance near public or other government-assisted housing. That charge, the most serious, stems from Walker’s residence being located within 1,000 feet of housing.
The distribution allegation against him falls into a category reserved for dealing close to such housing that is subsidized by the government
Other charges against Walker were: Armed Criminal Action, a C felony; three C Felony counts of Assault in the 2nd Degree; Unlawful use of a Weapon, a C Felony; Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a D Felony, and two A Misdemeanors.
The misdemeanors were filed for possession of drug paraphernalia and leaving the scene of a motor-vehicle accident, according to the complaint.
Police allege that Walker, 20 at the time of his arrest, shot three men with a BB gun outside a home on Lexington Street. Walker fled before the officers arrived, but was taken into custody shortly after behind his apartment building on Camden.
Ambulance personnel treated the shooting victims at the scene, but none was believed seriously injured. All three declined further medical attention.
The civil case against Wyse was filed under sections of Chapter 513 in the Missouri Statutes. The state is attempting to confiscate the $803 allegedly found in Wyse’s wallet because the money was “possessed, owned and/or controlled” while Wyse was “engaged in the perpetration of criminal activity, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.”
The hearing date has been set for the forfeiture proceedings. The case has been assigned to Judge David Miller.
A spokesman for Ray County Sheriff’s Department said Friday Walker remains in custody. His bond was set at $20,000 cash only.
As of Friday, Wyse was not in custody.
Richmond Police Chief Chad Burnine said Wyse has not been arrested, but voluntarily submitted to police interviews shortly after Walker was taken into custody. He said his department anticipates further charges being filed in the case.

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