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Drug roundup uncovers two meth labs

BONNE TERRE – A drug roundup conducted Wednesday morning by area law enforcement got off to a slow start, but when it was all said and done 19 individuals were served with warrants. According to Sgt. Wade Stuart of the Missouri State Highway Patrol the warrants included multiple charges.

&#8220There could have easily been 50 charges on the 19 warrants that were served,” Stuart said. &#8220In addition to Wednesday’s roundup seven additional people had been located and served over the past two weeks. Without the extraordinary cooperation of St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Wendy Wexler Horn and Judge Kenneth Pratte the roundup would not have been possible. They put together a tremendous amount of paperwork in short amount of time.”

Stuart said the warrants that were served were indictments that were handed down by a grand jury.

&#8220We had several law enforcement entities that participated in the roundup,” Stuart said. &#8220The Mineral Area Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Narcotic Unit, the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department, Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department, the Troop C Special Emergency Response Team, the Leadington Police Department, the Bonne Terre Police Department, the Farmington Police Department, the Desloge Police Department and the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.”

Wednesday’s roundup led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab on Pierce Road just east of Bonne Terre. The raid was conducted as a result of information that was received by the Mineral Area Drug Task Force.

St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock said the first thing members of law enforcement did when they arrived at the residence was secure the area.

&#8220We took a 53-year-old Bonne Terre man into custody,” Bullock said. &#8220He was the only one there at the time. We found one stolen gun that had been reported stolen in Washington County along with several other rifles and shotguns. The man was a convicted felon so he should not have been in possession of a firearm anyway.”

Bullock said a truckload of precursors used in the production of methamphetamine was also uncovered.

&#8220We also found approximately $18,000 worth of the finished product (methamphetamine),” Bullock said. &#8220It was a good joint effort between all of the law enforcement agencies that participated. I want to thank Judge Pratte and Wendy Wexler Horn with whom we had been working very closely with in getting these warrants issued. The bad guy went to jail and everybody else got to go home.”

An additional methamphetamine lab was discovered at a Bismarck residence late Wednesday afternoon.

&#8220A 32-year-old Bismarck man and a 30-year-old Bismarck woman were arrested taken into custody,” Stuart said. &#8220We found a two-layer unidentified liquid as well as several precursors used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Everything went as planned with the raid with no complications.”

Stuart said the second lab was found in a shed as law enforcement officers were attempting to make a warrant arrest.

&#8220A consent search of the shed uncovered the lab,” Stuart said. &#8220As a result of Wednesday’s operation we will be seeking warrants through the prosecuting attorney’s office for at least 16 additional charges. I can’t say enough about the cooperation between all of the entities of law enforcement that participated in this roundup.”

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