6.6 pounds of meth seized in 2018

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team releases Barry County statistics

The Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team (ODET) has released its annual statistics for 2018, showing 6.6 pounds of meth and 18.1 pounds of marijuana were seized in Barry County.

Chad Allison, ODET commander, said the primary function of the Team is to dismantle large scale drug trafficking organizations.

“Some of these organizations are directly connected to drug cartels in Mexico,” he said. “Over 95 percent of the Meth seized in United States today is manufactured in Mexico. ODET is a major player in the war on these organizations and works closely with FBI, DEA and ATF on the dismantling of these organizations.”

In Barry County alone in 2018, ODET conducted 62 investigations, served 36 search warrants, arrested 40 for meth, arrested 15 fugitives and seized 66 firearms. The amount of meth seized in Barry County accounted for nearly 50 percent of the total seized across ODET’s service area. Marijuana seized accounted for about 25 percent.

Allison said part of that is due to local forces being trained.

“I think it’s important that the Detective assigned to Barry County also works on training the officers and deputies that cover Barry County to be vigilant in their efforts against drug crimes,” he said.

In total, ODET is comprised of eight detectives that cover five counties: Jasper, Barton, Newton, McDonald and Barry.

In 2018, ODET Detectives seized roughly 14 pounds of meth across the five counties, totaling a street value of approximately $623,000, as well as roughly 74 pounds of high-grade marijuana, totaling a street value of approximately $259,000. The Team served 111 search warrants and arrested 134 suspects for possession of Meth. ODET detectives also seized 177 firearms and arrested 144 fugitives on outstanding warrants. They were responsible for the indictments of 13 suspects in 2018.

If anyone has drug information that they believe could be helpful to ODET, they are asked to call 417-624-9365 or call a local agency.

“ODET is supported by grants and local agencies’ contributions and cannot be operated without that support,” Allison said. “I want to thank each agency and community that participates in ODET, and we look forward to serving your coverage area in 2019.”

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