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Manhunt suspect had slew of drugs, ammunition

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**UPDATE 12:40 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018 **

FRANKLIN CO. -- Benton Police say they found ammunition and significant amount of narcotics when they arrested Philip Joshu.

He had around two pounds of meth, a half pound of marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms, and LSD.

A short time later an Ameren employee found a handgun near Route 37 south of Benton.

Investigators say that gun was stolen in Christian County.

Joshu is being held at the Franklin County Jail on an arrest warrant out of Macon County for a weapons offense. 

Benton Police Chief Kyle Melvin says the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

**UPDATE 8:15 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2018 **

BENTON -- Police have arrested Philip R. Joshu. He was taken into custody just after 8 a.m. Friday. 


BENTON -- Police in Benton are looking for an armed man. Investigators say Philip R. Joshu, 37, from Decatur was speeding on Route 37 in Franklin County Thursday night. 

Police had been chasing him and learned he had a weapon in the car with him. Joshu eventually pulled the car over near Benton City Park and ran into the woods. Officers have been looking for him since. 

If you've seen Joshu do not approach him. Police say he is armed and dangerous. Call the authorities instead. 

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