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Drugs Seized from Osage Beach Twilight Enterprises Cab Company, Four People Facing Charges

Deputies say tips led to a week long undercover drug investigation

November 21, 2011|Emily Rittman, Ben Knaup | Reporter, Photographer

Camden County, Mo — A cab company in the Ozarks is closed Monday following a drug raid. Camden County deputies say employees of Twilight Enterprises Cab Company in Osage Beach sold illegal drugs. Two women and two men are in jail facing charges.

Four van taxis are inside an impound lot owned by the county because deputies say the employees working for a cab company were delivering much more than passengers. "I’ve been operating down here since 1989," 365-Cabs owner David Myers said. “Competition comes and goes. There are quite a few starts ups then people fall out." One cab company caught the attention of some of Myers’ customers. "There are always rumors floating around but who knows for sure what someone else is doing," Myers said. "I was always kind of wondering how they made it. It didn't seem they were doing a lot of cab runs." Deputies say employees were running drugs. Officers went undercover. "We sent officers in to make buys,” Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin said.

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While serving a search warrant, officers found 4.5 ounces of meth, a half pound of marijuana and $7,000 dollars. They seized four vehicles, two Sea-Doos, a .45 caliber handgun and three gambling machines. "When the officers were serving the search warrant, people were calling wanting drugs, they were calling wanting cabs,” Franklin said. “You can call for your cab or you can call for drugs, it was pretty bizarre." On Monday afternoon, the business that advertises $8 haircuts, tanning and Juicy Couture purses was locked. No one answered the door. Twilight Enterprises is advertised as "The best deal on the lake." Investigators say at one time that also included drug deals.

Franklin says the investigation did not end with the arrests. He says more charges are possible in the ongoing investigation. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Osage Beach Police Department and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group executed the search warrant.

Arrested at the scene:

Dennis L. Gates, 34-year-old, of Osage Beach, Missouri complaints: Class A felony of trafficking in drugs 1st degree, Class B felony of distributing a controlled substance, 5 Class C felonies of possession of a controlled substance, Class A misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond allowed on all charges.

Desirea R. Shriver, 33-year-old, of Osage Beach, Missouri complaints: Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance bond set at $20,000 surety and $2,000 cash.

Sara A. Weber, 31-year-old, of Camdenton, Missouri complaints: Arrested at the scene on a warrant for probation violation, no bond allowed.

David L. Rogers, 35-year-old, of Montreal, Missouri complaints: Arrested at the scene on a warrant for probation violation, no bond allowed.

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