Couple sought with drug charges pending

A couple’s argument helped the Platte County Sheriff’s Department locate a lot of cash, a lot of drugs and two weapons late last month. Michael Turnipseed, 28, and Ashley Pirtle, 29, were arrested Aug. 22 at Basswood Resort in Platte City, and Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd charged them last week with a Class B felony for possession with intent to deliver or distribute a controlled substance. Each faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, and a warrant is currently out for their arrest. The Sheriff’s Department responded to a trailer at Basswood on Aug. 22 after reports of a verbal disturbance. Deputy Curt DeVaul smelled the odor of raw marijuana upon arrival and detained both individuals to investigate the source. While in handcuffs, Turnipseed stood up after being seated at picnic table, charged the trailer and kicked the back door closed. He informed DeVaul that he had a medical marijuana card and had possessed marijuana about a month ago. Both suspects declined to be interviewed on site and requested an attorney. They were eventually released from the scene due to a lack of probable cause to detain them while awaiting a search warrant. After securing the warrant, members of the Platte County Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement Group arrived and conducted a search of the trailer and a nearby Honda Accord with Kansas license plates. They found more than $31,000 in cash, a Glock .22 caliber pistol and a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun in addition to a large stash of marijuana. Court documents do not specify the amount of marijuana seized, but inside the trailer, there were two plastic bags in a plastic drawer, one in a suitcase, 10 to 12 in the shower (along with more than $1,000 in cash rolled up inside a sock), numerous bags in the oven (along with multiple containers suspected to contain THC wax), one in the refrigerator, one under the kitchen table (along with more suspected THC wax) and several bags strewn about the floor. In the car, Pope found more than $30,000 in cash in a K-Swiss shoebox, a plastic drawer with multiple containers of suspected THC and the shotgun. Turnipseed and Pirtle did not have a credit card on file at Basswood and were making cash payments.