Law enforcement officials are cautioning area residents that "China White," or heroin, has hit the streets of Springfield and dealers will be migrating this direction to exploit a market left void by the reduction in the production of methamphetamine.
The message was just one of the topics of discussion at the monthly meeting of the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers Chapter in October.
China White reportedly delivers a similar effect of oxycontin and opiates in the feeling of euphoria created by the release of endorphins when the drug is used.
"It provides a cheap bang for the buck," said Jay Jastal, Monett's school resource officer. "It's getting to be epidemic in Springfield. It's pretty bad."
In other news, local authorities are warning residents to be even more aware of scammers during the upcoming holiday season.
"This is for personal safety," Jastal said "During the holidays, we typically see an increase in gas and gift thefts."
There have also been cases of credit card fraud taking place in the Purdy area, according to Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe.
Vandals in Purdy also broke a window at 37 Tire in order to steal the cash register.
"They caused $500 in damage to get $15 in change from the cash register," Lowe said.
|The case remains under investigation.|
Aurora law enforcement officials reported "travelers" are again targeting the area.
Detective Sara McCully, an investigator with the Aurora Police De-partment, said a group of travelers from the Sarcoxie and Carthage areas are committing various types of fraud and theft on area residents, typically a scam about driveway sealant.
"We've identified several vehicles registered to the ringleader of the group," McCully said. "They target the elderly in hopes they will be deceased before the case ever gets to court."
Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay said his department is still looking for a murder suspect, believed to have fled the area.
Martin Meza, also known as Carlos Gonzalez, age 28, has been charged with first degree murder of Able Ibarra, of Purdy. Meza's current where-abouts are currently unknown.
According to the DeLay, Meza should be considered armed and danger-ous and should not be approached. Citizens are urged to call 911 immedi-ately if they come into contact with Meza or know where he can be appre-hended.
Ibarra's body was found on the morning of Aug. 12 in a wooded area northeast of Pierce City off of a Lawrence County farm road. The discovery was made the morning after deputies responded to a call of shots fired at a location a few miles away from where Ibarra's body was found.
Those having information about this or other crimes are urged to call the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers. The organization offers rewards of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of those wanted for felony crimes. Tips may be submitted by calling 354-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-888-635-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may remain anonymous.
Tips may also be submitted through the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers website at www.blcrimestoppers.com. Web-based tips are ineligible for a reward.