Donnie Swartz

Donnie Swartz

MAYSVILLE, Mo. — An intended candidate for the 6th District Congress seat was charged Monday with three felonies for allegedly distributing a controlled substance near a school over the past two months.

Donnie Swartz, 43, of Maysville, was charged with three Class A felonies of distribution of a controlled substance in the months of June and July after an undercover drug operation in DeKalb County. A self-proclaimed conservative candidate proposing to run against incumbent Rep. Sam Graves, R-Tarkio, Mr. Swartz was charged after he allegedly sold drugs to a DeKalb County drug informant. Officials say it happened three times during controlled buys.

Court documents stated that deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department conducted an undercover drug operation at the apartment complex where Mr. Swartz resides, beginning on June 17. During the operation, an informant allegedly purchased $25 of methamphetamine from Mr. Swartz at his apartment and delivered the purchase to authorities, where it tested positive for methamphetamine.

On June 22, authorities conducted another purchase at Mr. Swartz’s apartment. Deputies later met with the informant to delivered the controlled purchase to authorities.

“Upon return to a predetermined location, the informant gave (a deputy) a small pink plastic baggie containing a white, crystal-like substance, an ink pen with ‘Swartz4congress’ written on it, a pamphlet with ‘Swartz4congress’ written on it that included a photograph of Mr. Swartz and a bumper sticker with ‘Swartz4congress’ written on it,” court documents detailed.

The informant reportedly identified Mr. Swartz as the man that produced the drugs for sale. The substance later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Another deputy conducted another controlled buy on July 20, where an informant arranged to purchase two hydrocodone pills for $25 from Mr. Swartz. After the purchase, the informant identified the seller as Mr. Swartz, court files stated.

Mr. Swartz’s apartment is within 1,000 feet of Maysville School District offices and a government assisted-living facility. A fellow apartment resident said he was suspicious of the activity around Mr. Swartz’s apartment.

“Ever since he’s been here, there has been a lot more traffic around here and people going in and out here,” the resident said. “There have been a lot of cars, even out-of-state cars around here.”

An unmarked Sheriff’s Department vehicle dropped off a neighbor of Mr. Swartz’s on Tuesday afternoon. She declined to answer questions from the News-Press.

Laura Swinford, director of communication for the Missouri Office for the Secretary of State, said candidate filing for the November 2016 election does not open until Feb. 23, 2016. No candidate has officially filed to run for Congress, although some anticipated candidates are eligible to raise campaign funds under federal election commission guidelines.

Mr. Swartz remained in the Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail in lieu of a $75,000 cash-only bond. No upcoming court date was scheduled for the defendant.

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