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.