Heroin seized in bust

Thursday, June 1, 2006

A Cassville man, described by authorities as a major drug trafficker in the Barry County area, was arrested last week after a search warrant was executed as his home and 26 packets of heroin were seized.

William H. Mansfield, 50, has been charged by Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox with one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. Mansfield also faces federal drug and weapons charges.

The case against Mansfield was the result of a cooperative investigation by the Southwest Missouri Drug Task force and the Barry County Sheriff's Department.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with the court, officers served a search warrant at the Mansfield residence at Route 1, Box 1072 in Cassville on May 23. When officers arrived, they found Mansfield leaving the restroom in his residence.

A search of the restroom revealed a clear bag floating inside the toilet. This bag contained another Ziploc-style bag that held 26 individual wax paper-type bags labeled "Secret Window." Each of these bags contained a brown powdered substance that field tested positive as heroin.

Also seized during the search of Mansfield's home were $252 in U.S. currency and a loaded nine-millimeter semi-automaticpistol. Officers also found what they allege to be a drug ledger.

Task force officials said the Mansfield investigation also resulted in the recovery of two automatic assault rifles and the closing of two major indoor hydroponic marijuana-growing operations.

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