26 pounds of meth seized in Barry County this year

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

ODET releases statistics for warrants, arrests, seizures

The Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team (ODET) has released its statistics for the first six months of 2019, showing Barry County accounted for about 37 percent of the 31,136 grams of meth seized over a five-county area.

ODET is made up of eight detectives that cover Jasper, Barton, Newton, McDonald and Barry counties. The primary function of ODET is to dismantle large scale drug trafficking organizations. Some of these organizations are directly connected to drug cartels in Mexico. More than 95 percent of the meth seized in United States today is manufactured in Mexico. ODET works closely with FBI, DEA and ATF on the dismantling of these organizations.

According to ODET Commander Chad Allison, ODET detectives have seized 31,136 grams of meth in 2019, just more than 68 pounds, with a street value of $204,000, and seized 10,233 grams of high-grade marijuana. Detectives served 66 search warrants and arrested 78 suspects for possession of meth. Detectives also seized 90 firearms and arrested 116 fugitives on outstanding warrants. These numbers are from Jan. 1 through June 30.

ODET reported the detective covering Barry County accounted for 11,758 grams of meth seized, almost 26 pounds, 38 percent of the five-county total. The detective also arrested 24 for meth, arrested 20 fugitives, conducted 34 investigations and served nine search warrants.

“If anyone has drug information that they believe could be helpful to ODET, please give us a call at 417-624-9365 or call your local agency,” Allison said. “ODET is supported by grants and local agencies’ contributions and can not be operated without that support.

“I want to thank each agency and community that participates in ODET, and we look forward to continuing serving your coverage area in 2019.”

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