A Columbia couple was charged in federal court Monday with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana after police found about 50 pounds of marijuana in their car, the Columbia Police Department said in a news release.
Corrado Bartolacci, 29, and Sherry Bartolacci, 24, were arrested April 15 at a Storage Mart in north Columbia as a result of a joint investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Columbia Police Department, the release stated.
Corrado Bartolacci was charged on an additional count of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.
Police received a report that the Bartolaccis were returning from Texas with marijuana for distribution in Columbia, the release stated. After searching the car, police found marijuana in Sherry Bartolacci’s purse and about 50 pounds of marijuana in the trunk, the release stated.
Corrado Bartolacci has a history of drug-related convictions. He pleaded guilty in 1998 to possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and to two separate charges of possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana in Randolph County Circuit Court, according to Missouri court records available online through Casenet. He also pleaded guilty in Randolph County to driving while intoxicated in 1999 and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance in 2002, according to Casenet. In Boone County Circuit Court, he pleaded guilty in 2005 to unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to Casenet.