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Drug, weapon charges
facing man after
trouble at hotel

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

A Kansas City man who describes himself as homeless is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of unlawful use of a weapon in Platte County.

The man was arrested at a hotel in Platte County shortly after 9 p.m. on Jan. 2. Police had been called in regard to a guest returning to the property after being told to leave. The incident occurred at the Sleep Inn at Tiffany Springs.

Charged is Dalton Ruiter, age 19, whose address is listed in court records as a residence on NW 64th Street, Kansas City. Ruiter told police he is homeless and had been staying in various hotels for months.

Upon seeing uniformed Kansas City police officers enter the hotel, police say the suspect reversed his direction and walked away from the officers, leaving the building. An officer caught up with Ruiter as he entered a vehicle in the parking lot. The officer said he could smell marijuana, and Ruiteer indicated to police he had it in the breast pocket of his shirt.

Police say the suspect pulled a bag of marijuana from his pocket and a second bag containing what police say was cocaine fell out with it, along with a pill identified as Xanax.

Police searched Ruiter and say they located a handgun in his waistband beneath his clothing. The gun was loaded with seven rounds, police say.

Authorities say a computer check on the firearm’s serial number revealed it had been stolen from a vehicle in Kansas City on Dec. 20, along with a laptop computer and various other items.

According to court documents Ruiter told police he was unemployed and admitted he made a lot of money selling marijuana, which he had done for years. Ruiter told police he had purchased the gun from a meth dealer along with a laptop a day or two before Christmas. A handgun recovered from the hotel room also came from the meth dealer, Ruiter told police.

According to court papers, Ruiter told police he smoked marijuana on a daily basis and had done so for years. He also said he used cocaine and Xanax on a regular basis.

Ruiter remains in custody in the Platte County Jail with bond set at $10,000 cash only.