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Leadwood makes cocaine related arrest

LEADWOOD — What was dispatched as a hit and run accident on Oct. 6 turned into a cocaine related arrest for the Leadwood Police Department. Detective Jared Heath said the initial call was made at 9:33 p.m. for an officer to respond to the intersection Hunt Street and Station Street in reference to a vehicle accident.

“When Officer (Elizabeth) Deer arrived, a witness gave a description of the vehicle involved, which had left the scene,” Heath said. “The suspect vehicle had hit a parked vehicle. The officer found the vehicle based on the description. She saw a male subject walking around the vehicle with a flash light. He said he was cleaning the truck up because he didn’t want his Dad to know he had damaged it in a wreck.”

Officer Deer took the man’s identification and went back to her car to do a background check.

“She saw him stuffing items into the top of his pants and into his shoes,” Heath said. “The officer got back out of her vehicle and searched the man. During the search she recovered a plastic bottle that contained nine Vicodin pills. There was also a plastic bag with a white substance. It field tested positive for cocaine. There was approximately 62 grams.”

The 29-year-old Leadwood man was arrested and was transported to the St. Francois County Jail. Charges are pending in the case.

Chris Cline is a reporter for the Daily Journal. Contact him at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at

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