Drug investigation leads to arrests of numerous residents of Bland, Mo. and Rolla, Mo.
September 10, 2011 - 5:27pm — By Jeff Noedel
At approximately 6 a.m., September 8, 2011, members of the South Central Drug Task Force, in coordination with the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, Maries County Sheriff’s Department, Belle Police Department, Rolla Police Department, St. James Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, concluded a long term narcotics investigation in Phelps County.
Over the course of approximately 18 months officers with the South Central Drug Task Force, Phelps County Sheriff’s Department and Rolla Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit, were able to conduct a series of narcotics investigations involving the distribution/sales/possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, heroin and prescription medications. The investigation involved loosely affiliated individuals in and around the Phelps County area.
This investigation was aided by the 25th Judicial Circuit and the Phelps County Grand Jury that was convened by their authority. Grand Jury Indictments for each defendant were obtained through the Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, prior to the mass operation initiated this morning.
Arrest teams consisted of members of the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, Maries County Sheriff’s Department, Belle Police Department, Rolla Police Department, St. James Police Department, Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Individuals arrested in connection with this investigation were transported, processed, and held at the Phelps County Jail for bond. The following individuals were arrested as a result of warrants that were issued for the listed offense or offenses:
The charges for which these individuals have been arrested are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
The South Central Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force coordinated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The task force specializes in narcotics-related investigations and is composed of narcotics officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, and Rolla Police Department, as well as directly employed specialists.
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