Task force announces quarterly drug seizures
The East Central Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force which serves Audrain, Montgomery, and Warren Counties. Additionally, the task force serves the city of Bowling Green, in Pike County, Missouri. Participating law enforcement agencies of the task force include the Audrain County Sherriff’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Bowling Green Police Department, Mexico Public Safety Department, Montgomery City Police Department, and the Vandalia Police Department. The East Central Drug Task Force employs three (3) Task Force Officers and is coordinated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The East Central Drug Task Force focuses their efforts on drug enforcement by conducting both covert and overt narcotics investigations in the counties and cities they serve. The task force reported the following amounts of drug seizures as a result of their enforcement efforts in the previous quarter (January 1, 2013 – March 31, 2013).
Methamphetamine — 1489 grams
Cocaine –1971 grams
Marijuana (processed) — 30,272 grams
Marijuana plants — 230 plants
Synthetics drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids/Synthetic Cathinones) — 341 grams
Pseudoephedrine — 288 units
Prescription drugs/pills — 295 units
During the previous quarter (listed above), the East Central Drug Task Force also seized seventy-three (73) firearms, disassembled thirteen (13) methamphetamine drug laboratories, served thirty-four (34) search warrants, making seventy-five (75) arrests, totaling ninety-eight (98) separate drug charges.
The East Central Drug Task Force credits their success to local and surrounding law enforcement agencies’ and the public’s cooperation. If you have any information regarding a possible methamphetamine laboratory, growing of marijuana, or other information about the distribution of narcotics, please contact your local law enforcement agency or you can call the following toll free numbers to reach the East Central Drug Task Force. 1-888-823-METH(6384) or 1-800-BAD-WEED (223-9333).
All callers have the option of remaining anonymous.