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More than 20 charged in sting

MSHP says Thursday busts were the result of a 2-year undercover operation in Laclede County

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Krysta Williams











Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 3:03 pm | Updated: 3:14 pm, Fri Apr 26, 2013.

More than 30 people from Laclede County have been implicated in drug activity after a two-year undercover investigation by a task force of area law enforcement.

Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which includes Laclede County, announced Thursday afternoon that the investigation by the MSHP, the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office concluded on Thursday morning, resulting in more than 20 people facing drug charges.

More arrests and charges are expected, according to the Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

During the investigation, which involved 34 “loosely affiliated” individuals in and around the Laclede County area, undercover officers purchased everything from methamphetamine to prescription medications from some of the suspects.

Arrests were made with the help of the Lebanon and Conway police departments on charges of selling drugs and intent to distribute charges, as well as possession of a controlled substance. During the arrests on Thursday morning, there was also an arrest for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to a MSHP media release.

The MSHP notes that before Thursday, five arrests were made in connection with the same investigation. Those individuals also face charges.

Pictured at left are some of the people who face charges as a result of the sting. For a full list of names and charges, see today's edition of The Daily Record or check out the e-Edition online.

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  • LebanonGirl posted at 5:48 pm on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    LebanonGirl Posts: 7

    Stop hurting good citizens with cannabis arrests!

    Have you heard 18 states and DC have a medical marijuana laws. 2 of those states (Washington and Colorado) legalized it for recreational use and over 50% of Americans believe it should be legal. As of today the federal law continues to remain the same. Its classified as a schedule 1 drug worse than cocaine and meth. This needs to change!

    As of April of this year 10 more states have pending legislation to legalize medical marijuana... Including MISSOURI! The bill was introduced by Rep. Mike Colona (D) and read first time on Feb. 25, 2013.

  • Atomic Punk posted at 3:21 pm on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    Atomic Punk Posts: 11

    This is GREAT news!! So glad to see these druggies getting busted. This town needs a serious cleaning from all the rejects.