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Drug task force seizes 230 marijuana plants

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

The East Central Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force which serves Audrain, Montgomery, and Warren Counties, as well as the city of Bowling Green. Over the last quarter, the task force seized more than 200 cannabis plants.

Participating law enforcement agencies of the task force include the Audrain County Sherriff’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Bowling Green Police Department, Mexico Public Safety Department, Montgomery City Police Department, and the Vandalia Police Department.  The East Central Drug Task Force employs three Task Force Officers and is coordinated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The East Central Drug Task Force focuses their efforts on drug enforcement by conducting both covert and overt narcotics investigations in the counties and cities they serve.  The task force reported the following amounts of drug seizures as a result of their enforcement efforts in the previous quarter (Jan. 1 through March 31).


Methamphetamine:  1489 grams;  cocaine: 1971 grams; marijuana (processed): 30,272 grams; marijuana plants: 230 plants; synthetics drugs (synthetic cannabinoids/synthetic cathinones): 341 grams; Pseudoephedrine: 288 units; prescription drugs/pills: 295 units.


During the previous quarter (listed above), the East Central Drug Task Force also seized 73 firearms, disassembled 13 methamphetamine drug laboratories, served 34 search warrants, making 75 arrests, totaling 98 separate drug charges.

The East Central Drug Task Force credits their success to local and surrounding law enforcement agencies’ and the public’s cooperation.  If you have any information regarding a possible methamphetamine laboratory, growing of marijuana, or other information about the distribution of narcotics, please contact your local law enforcement agency or you can call the following toll free numbers to reach the East Central Drug Task Force.  1-888-823-METH(6384) or 1-800-BAD-WEED (223-9333). All callers have the option of remaining anonymous.