Facebook Marketplace ad leads to arrest of Stone County, Missouri man


REEDS SPRING, Mo. (KY3) – A man from Reeds Spring is charged with drug trafficking and illegal possession of a firearm. Authorities caught him from a photo he posted on the Facebook Marketplace page.

James Kertz was arrested on Wednesday.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said Kertz was selling new catalytic converters on Facebook Marketplace, but was unaware his meds were on the back of the photo.

“In the background was a bag containing a white crystalline substance and a needle and a spoon lying next to it,” Sheriff Rader said.

Someone sent the photos to the sheriff shortly after the announcement was made. Narcotics detectives verified the information to obtain a search warrant at Kertz’s home in Reeds Spring. After questioning him, MPs said he was unaware the drugs were even in the photo.

“During the execution of the search warrant, 48 grams of methamphetamine were found in the residence and a handgun,” Rader said.

Investigators say Kertz is a convicted felon. A criminal background check shows convictions for resisting arrest, third-degree domestic assault, possession of a controlled substance, and endangering a child’s well-being, among others.

Sheriff Rader says social media has become a useful investigative tool for law enforcement.

“Not only did I receive the original advice, but a lot of people have Facebook messages to us about the same post, so I appreciate our Stone County residents looking for that stuff,” Rader said.

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