A Superior man is facing felony drug charges after the Superior Police Department seized about half a pound of marijuana and nearly a third of a pound of methamphetamine from his apartment Dec. 31.
Steven James Ranta, 41, faces felony counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, both as a second or subsequent offense. He was released from custody Jan. 3 on $10,000 cash bail and ordered not to use or possess a firearm and not to use or possess a controlled substance without a prescription.
Superior Police Officers executed a search warrant at Ranta’s apartment on Winter Street Dec. 31. They reported finding 181 grams of marijuana and 136 grams of methamphetamine in a lock box in the kitchen of the apartment, and another 36 grams of marijuana inside a mini-fridge. Officers found 0.67 grams of methamphetamine in the purse of a woman who was at the residence. She told them that she purchased the methamphetamine from Ranta a few days earlier and that she buys from him once a week.
Additional items found in the apartment included a digital scale, plastic spoons, a cup with methamphetamine residue on them and $1,044 in cash. Seventeen shotgun shells were located in Ranta’s car, which was also searched.
If convicted, the methamphetamine charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. The marijuana charge carries a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. His next court apearance was set for Jan. 8.