(KTVO) – LA PLATA, Mo. — Authorities arrested a Kansas City man Saturday at a northeast Missouri train station on charges of smuggling large amounts of illegal drugs.
Nathaniel D. Bales, 41, is charged with first-degree drug trafficking and felony possession of a controlled substance. Drug trafficking in the first degree is a class A felony that can carry a life sentence.
Acting on a tip, authorities were waiting for Bales when he got off an Amtrak passenger train at the La Plata, Mo., depot just after 1 p.m. Saturday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, troopers searched his belongings and found a large quantity of methamphetamine and the controlled substance alprazolam. Xanax, a drug used to treat anxiety, is a trade name for alprazolam.
Bales is being held in the Macon County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond. His arraignment is set for Thursday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, a highway patrol canine officer and the La Plata Police Department conducted the investigation that led to Bales’s arrest.