- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) - Security software installed on a stolen school-issued computer has led to drug-trafficking charges against a father and son.

A judge found sufficient evidence Thursday for 67-year-old Gary Crane, of Aurora, to be tried on charges of first-degree trafficking in drugs near a school, maintaining a public nuisance and receiving stolen property.

The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/2hrRytO ) reports that Aurora School District information technology employee Phillip Sousa testified at the preliminary hearing that he began receiving emails this summer from a stolen laptop. The emails included the GPS coordinates of the computer’s location. Police traced the coordinates to a home where Crane lives with his son, Daniel Crane.

Police say a search of the home turned up the computer, methamphetamine and drug trafficking-related items. Daniel Crane was previously bound over for trial.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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