The Lebanon Police Department, Laclede County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group made four arrests and seized 60 grams of methamphetamine and suspected fentanyl on Tuesday. The arrests were unrelated. On Tuesday, officers served a search warrant on Driftwood Drive in Lebanon. During that search, an excess of 60 grams of methamphetamine was found. Two suspects were arrested at the scene and taken to the Laclede County Jail. The street value of the methamphetamine is approximately 6-thousand dollars. Driftwood is located in close proximity to Esther Elementary School in Lebanon.
Local officers then made a traffic stop and seized nearly 100 fentanyl pills. The local officers were assisted in the investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. The estimated value of the fentanyl is 25-hundred dollars. Two suspects were taken into custody as a result of the traffic stop. “LANEG will present cases to the prosecutor in regards to these,” Sheriff David Millsap said. “Three of the suspects arrested in the enforcement action on Tuesday have lengthy involvement in criminal activity in Laclede County,” Millsap added. “Methamphetamine continues to be the common element in most of the criminal activity in our County. However, over the last couple of years, we have seen fentanyl, and heroin, become an issue in our community,” Millsap said the most concerning with the introduction of fentanyl in the community is the rise of drug overdoses resulting in death. “Our investigative targets are those in our community and outside our community, who are distributing methamphetamine and fentanyl. The work of LANEG to address this issue and coordinate our investigative efforts among the local agencies and other agencies is vital to our efforts to put drug dealers in prison.”
Names of the suspects have not been released pending formal charges.