Two Sedalia residents were recently arrested in Moniteau County on drug charges.

The Moniteau County Sheriff's Department says on May 3, deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 50 east of Tipton for a vehicle with no tail lights.

Authorities reportedly observed several subjects inside the vehicle, including a man in the back seat who placed his hands under a blanket, out of view.

The man, identified as 42-year old Steven R. Bartlett, of Sedalia, was ordered to place his hands where the deputy could see them. Bartlett reportedly refused and the deputy called for assistance and again ordered Bartlett to show his hands, which he continued to refuse.

The deputy then drew his weapon and ordered Bartlett out of the vehicle at gunpoint. Upon exiting the vehicle, the deputy reportedly removed a large knife from Bartlett.

It was later confirmed that Bartlett had a Johnson County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Authorities then were reportedly granted a consent to search the vehicle, where methamphetamine and marijuana were located.

Bartlett and another subject, 48-year old Shannon E. Demshick, of Sedalia, were arrested and taken to the Moniteau County Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth).

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