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34 people in Laclede County involved with drug bust

More than a dozen arrested after drug investigation

April 25, 2013|Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and Reporter Mary Moloney | mmoloney@kspr.com

LEBANON, Mo. - The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced the arrests of more than a dozen Laclede County residents as they wrapped up a two-year investigation into a narcotics ring Thursday.

The Highway Patrol says state troopers, members of the Lake Area Narcotic Enforcement Group and Laclede County Sheriff's Department investigated 34 people in and around Laclede County and obtained warrants for them. The investigations centered on possession, distribution and sale of several drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription medication.

Officers from the above departments were joined by Lebanon and Conway police in arresting more than a dozen residents of Laclede County.

"It started at 3:30 am. I was here and made coffee for everybody. Went and bought doughnuts for everybody around 4:15," smiled Laclede County Sheriff Wayne Merritt. "Can't have a good roundup without doughnuts! By the time were were done, there weren't any doughnuts left!"

The sheriff estimated about 45 officers assisted in the roundup.

"Of course it gets the ones off the street for right now anyway that's doing it and selling it," said Sheriff Merritt. "It's a wakeup call. The more you put out there, the more you deal with, the more chances you have at getting caught."

Listed in a news release as being arrested are the following, along with their suspected offenses:

- Jacob W. Bogan, 32, Lebanon, MO, distribution of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Sheri L. Burgess, 51, Lebanon, MO, distribution of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Marjorie Hitchcock, 26, Lebanon, MO, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute (three counts).
- Morgan M. Stewart, 27, Lebanon, MO, sale of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Chris L. McHardie, 48, Lebanon, MO, sale of as controlled substance (two counts).
- Trenton W. Piercy, 30, Lebanon, MO, possession of a controlled substance.
- Lonnie L. Myers, 69, Lebanon, MO, sale of a controlled substance (two counts).
- James D. Jones, 27, Lebanon, MO, distribution of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Robert D. McGinnis, 27, Lebanon, MO, possession of a controlled substance.
- Lonnie J. Lancaster, 24, Lebanon, MO, sale of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Jeffrey K. Scott, 33, Lebanon, MO, sale of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Amber B. Williams, 20, Lebanon, MO, sale of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Kyle C. Michael, 20, Lebanon, MO, sale of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Jennifer A. Hentschel, 47, Lebanon, MO, possession of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Dustin T. Lewis, 25, Newburg, MO, sale of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Krysta L. Williams, 29, Lebanon, MO, sale of a controlled substance (two counts).

The Highway Patrol's news release also named people who were previously booked on charges related to the investigation. They are as follows:

- David J. Grindstaff, 43, Lebanon, MO, distribution of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Blaine W. Heimer, 23, Lebanon, MO, distribution of a controlled substance.
- Cassandra A. Doss, 24, Lebanon, MO, distribution of a controlled substance.
- Jonathan J. Moulder, 32, Lebanon, MO, sale of a controlled substance (two counts).
- Stephen N. Vanluven, 24, Phillipsburg, MO, sale of a controlled substance.


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