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Task force seized over $3 million in drugs

Monday, January 10, 2011

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The Barry County Judicial Center.
In 2010, the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force seized approximately $3.5 million dollars worth of drugs off the streets compared to $2.6 million in 2009.

Officers with the task force worked 402 cases during the course of the year, confiscating over 968 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $968,410. The task force also dismantled 92 meth labs, which was twice as many as in 2009.

Officers also seized 31.25 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $504,140, along with 2,369 marijuana plants valued at over $2 million.

Also confiscated in 2010 were 1.5 grams of cocaine; 931 miscellaneous pills and 247 pseudoephedrine pills, which contain the main ingredient for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

During the past year, drug task force agents performed 167 "knock and talks," served 49 search warrants, made 32 non-drug-related arrests and 174 drug-related arrests. The task force seized $27,673 in United States currency and 39 weapons.

The task force increased its caseload by over one third from 2009 when members worked a total of 280 cases involving over 566 grams of methamphetamine and 34 pounds of marijuana that were seized.

In 2009, officials dismantled 46 meth labs and confiscated 1,572 marijuana plants, valued at $1.57 million.

Task force officials confiscated 456 pseudoephedrine pills in 2009, 209 more than those seized in 2010. Legislative requirements now mandate that pharmacists obtain a valid ID and signature from individuals to track pseudoephedrine purchases, making the pills harder for meth cooks to obtain.

In 2009, task force officials seized 4.1 grams of cocaine and 436 miscellaneous pills. Members executed 109 "knock and talks," served 33 search warrants, made 99 drug-related arrests and 24 non-drug-related arrests.

The task force also confiscated 16 weapons and $8,558 in currency.



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