A warrant has been issued for a Union man accused of drug trafficking after he failed to appear at a scheduled court hearing on Aug. 26.

The warrant was issued Sept. 1.

According to the probable cause statement filed in the case, law enforcement officials said they learned Travis Vorderbruegge was in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine and U.S. currency at his home in the 400 block of Jane Avenue in Union. Members of the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit were then dispatched to Vorderbruegge’s home.

Once at Vorderbruegge’s home, authorities said they searched the basement living quarters and found a substance, which a laboratory later confirmed to be methamphetamine, in a sealed bag. The bag contained approximately 100.6 grams of methamphetamine, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s state laboratory. An undisclosed amount of currency also was seized at the scene.

Vorderbruegge was later charged with second-degree drug trafficking, a Class B felony. 

According to court records, Vorderbruegge has a previous criminal record, including multiple felony convictions dating back to December 2009 when he pleaded guilty to second-degree domestic assault. In May 2012, he pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, and in May 2018 he was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance. In February 2020, he was found guilty of delivering a controlled substance and being in possession of a controlled substance. He received a suspended execution of sentence for both charges and was sentenced to five years of probation for each charge.

Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton said that individuals who have information about Vorderbruegge’s whereabouts should contact their local authorities. Tips to law enforcement can be confidential.