The five-county drug task force that covers Camden County is reporting drug seizures and arrests for the third quarter, and they are significant.
From July 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018, drug seizures by the Lake Area Narcotics Group included:
•1,346.8 grams of methamphetamine
•11,103.5 grams of marijuana
•31 grams of THC wax
•35 grams of cocaine
•21 grams of ecstasy/MDMA
•312 grams of pseudoephedrine
•72.5 doses of prescription drugs/pills.
In addition to Camden County, these seizures represent drug busts in Crawford, Gasconade, Laclede and Maries counties. The task force also serves the cities of Lebanon, Camdenton, Cuba, Steelville, Hermann and Belle.
LANEG employs five task force officers and is coordinated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which supplies two troopers to the task force.
During the quarter, LANEG also disassembled two meth labs, six marijuana grows, served 36 search warrants, conducted 17 consent searches, seized 78 firearms, and arrested seventy-one individuals on one hundred and ninety-two drug related charges. In addition, LANEG made 8 felon in Possession of Firearm, 3 Possession of Stolen Property and 12 warrant arrests. The non-drug related charges include but are not limited to the above 71 individuals.
LANEG credits its success to local 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 LANEG. 1-800-352-8477 (TIPS) All callers have the option of remaining anonymous.