Thirteen West Plains residents arrested in drug bust

Mar 12, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Springfield News Leader

Members of the South Central Drug Task Force began arresting several West Plains residents early Friday morning after an undercover, 30-month investigation into the sale of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and prescription medicines resulted in grand jury indictments, a news release from the Task Force said.

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Mar 12, 2010
 
Who I wonder... Can't wait to hear more!
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Mar 12, 2010
 
Why is it an FN Joke?
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Mar 12, 2010
 
Read the story:

Michael J, Barks, Carl T. Bernauer Sr., Michael W. Cook, Donald B. Decker, Tina A. Hatch, Johnathan E. Lock, Keneth C. Sanders, Lynette A. Schram, Darcy L. Storms, Gloria K. Thompson, Tony G. Hatch, James A. Shotts III and Heather M. Payne.
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Mar 12, 2010
 
did you read the article?

Arrested on various drug charges, according to the news release, were the following West Plains residents: Michael J, Barks, Carl T. Bernauer Sr., Michael W. Cook, Donald B. Decker, Tina A. Hatch, Johnathan E. Lock, Keneth C. Sanders, Lynette A. Schram, Darcy L. Storms, Gloria K. Thompson, Tony G. Hatch, James A. Shotts III and Heather M. Payne
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Mar 12, 2010
 
i take it that you didnt click on the full story.. here it is.

Members of the South Central Drug Task Force began arresting several West Plains residents early Friday morning after an undercover, 30-month investigation into the sale of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and prescription medicines resulted in grand jury indictments, a news release from the Task Force said.

Arrested on various drug charges, according to the news release, were the following West Plains residents: Michael J, Barks, Carl T. Bernauer Sr., Michael W. Cook, Donald B. Decker, Tina A. Hatch, Johnathan E. Lock, Keneth C. Sanders, Lynette A. Schram, Darcy L. Storms, Gloria K. Thompson, Tony G. Hatch, James A. Shotts III and Heather M. Payne.

Three others identified in the investigation are already incarcerated on unrelated charges.

Additional arrests are anticipated.

Agencies involved in the investigation and busts were the South Central Drug Task Force, the West Plains Police Department, the Howell County Sheriff’s Department, the Howell County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the United States Forest Service and the Mountain View Police Department.
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I guess you all missed where it stated that there are more to come. That is what I am curious about, not the 13 named, as well as the 3 already incarcerated and they were not named either. So... guess some one did not read the article as closely as I... Imagine that.

And you ask, what is a FN Joke? That would be the screen name I use. There is no other meaning to it, except I find TOPIX to be a joke 99$ of the time. Sorry I do not have crafty little name tags for each specific post. lol

Then again it is a pretty big joke. The people busted are not even the hard core meth dealers, but light weights and losers, mostly users. If they can take these script traders off the streets, why can't they take the meth dealers off the street. So, no I do not see these 13 plus charges as any major factor in the fight on drugs. I work with the hardcore dealers addicts everyday and if I know them, why is it no one else seems to know them?

So, I guess it really is a FN joke after all.
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Mar 12, 2010
 
correction.. 99%
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Mar 13, 2010
 
Ditto, FN Joke. You are 100% right. It's not to hard to figure out they only went for the light weights. Now the hard core cooks are on alert and will lay low til the heat is off. I'm sick of hearing "we have to see it with our own eyes, or we don't have enough evidence." Well if everyday citizens can see it why can't trained officers? And forget reporting when a child is in danger by being exposed to this type of situation. NOBODY LISTENS!!!!!
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Mar 13, 2010
 
"Eazy E, were you ever caught slipping?
HELL NO.."
yeah- it's gonna take more than a couple of kids with practically no connections getting flipped and ratting on a couple of low level folks to make any difference. and in reality there is always going to be someone to take their place.
ok, so for each raid you have several traumatized family members who now harbor disdain for the police. ok fast forward 13 years and now the kids who had their family taken from them in the early morning by force and futuristic riot gear clad hot heads in the name of this failing drug war for selling enough stash to stay high (when really the addicts could have been better served by some rehab) you've got a new generation of youth untrusting of the ones who are supposed to serve and protect. i got burned by early experience with police, and although i am a law abiding citizen, i wouldn't help those guys out with jack cause i they treated me badly over victimless misdemeanors.

i know breaking the law is breaking the law but as it's been stated here, they never get the big fish. cause the big fish are living in luxury in the pond of mexico getting fat off of the US dollar of addicts. if you want to make a difference decriminalize marijuana for starters, which is one of the major sources of income for these drug cartels and decrim and taxation is being considered by many US states as a new way to pay for the budget deficits i.e California. The 2008 estimate by former US drug czar puts the cartels marijuana income at 61% of their annual estimated income. if you want to see that article the link is at the bottom of the post. you don't have to have a MBA to realize that if you took 61% of sales from any enterprise what would inevitably happen. BYE BYE MEXICAN CARTELS!! or at least take a backseat to the USA. and that dollar amount by the way was 13.8 Billion with a B. Thats 13.8 Billion of taxed sales that we could use to educate our kids to stay off the crap in the first place, or because some people are going to do it regardless of legality or availability, we could give our war vets decent medical treatment or fix schools..[shoot, put your favorite cause here]
eh screw it. lets get the busts on!! i have tax money to blow on incarceration and prosecution of low level dealers and those committing victimless crimes!!
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Mar 13, 2010
 
Well maybe the bust will help turn around a life or to of these kids,but you are all right,Dixon,Hicks,Hardin,those are the the names I want to see busted.
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Mar 13, 2010
 
who's dixon
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Mar 13, 2010
 
How about Jeff Kenslow? Guess he is gone to Florida to make a drug run. What a good time to be gone.Ha!!!!!!!!!!
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Well maybe the bust will help turn around a life or to of these kids,but you are all right,Dixon,Hicks,Hardin,those are the the names I want to see busted.
That will never happen. Harden will die of old age before anyone does anything to him. Hicks will more than likely move away, but come on they picked him up at a lab bust and let him go. Yes, just let him walk away. Since when is being where a lab is and a known dealer something that you can walk on? If I were there to deliver a pizza, I would have been held longer than he was. I mean come on. So he sings, signs, walks? Does that make him less of a threat to the teens he deals to or sleeps with? I do not think so. I have done everything in power, even willing to testify about child abuse and drug use that was not hid from me, but it was hear say? Since when is an eye witness hear say? I normally do not answer my own questions, but it is when the local dealers are busted. It makes me sick! I wish they all would do one bumb too many and not make it through to see another day. I assure you the loss of one dealer would hurt a few, but think of all the lives and futures of the children it would save.

If I were one of those people who changes the screen name to fit post I think I would change my name to... "makes me ill".
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"i know breaking the law is breaking the law but as it's been stated here, they never get the big fish. cause the big fish are living in luxury in the pond of mexico getting fat off of the US dollar of addicts."

Look you are comparing big fish in away that is like comparing great white sharks to large mouth bass. We live in the Ozarks, we need to worry about the "Bass" and leave the salt waters alone. Meth is not coming from Mexico. It is coming from your neighbor, my neighbor, and close to where our children go to school. I am not saying head out on a Great White man hunt, but lets stop this catch and release practice this town has going!

"if you want to make a difference decriminalize marijuana for starters, which is one of the major sources of income for these drug cartels and decrim and taxation is being considered by many US states as a new way to pay for the budget deficits i.e California."

Legalizing this drug will not stop the meth problems. It is proven that starting with marijuana does lead to heavier drug use in the future. Secondly, do you really think that taxing it in Missouri would lead to people buying it on a commercial level and actually paying taxes on it? We both know that if it were legal, everyone would just grow their own. So, how do you tax a hobby crop? It would be like trying to tax everyone with a green house, flower garden, or back forty. Just not realistic.

"The 2008 estimate by former US drug czar puts the cartels marijuana income at 61% of their annual estimated income. if you want to see that article the link is at the bottom of the post. you don't have to have a MBA to realize that if you took 61% of sales from any enterprise what would inevitably happen. BYE BYE MEXICAN CARTELS!! or at least take a backseat to the USA. and that dollar amount by the way was 13.8 Billion with a B. Thats 13.8 Billion of taxed sales that we could use to educate our kids to stay off the crap in the first place, or because some people are going to do it regardless of legality or availability, we could give our war vets decent medical treatment or fix schools..[shoot, put your favorite cause here]
eh screw it. lets get the busts on!! i have tax money to blow on incarceration and prosecution of low level dealers and those committing victimless crimes!!
http://www.policeone.com/drug-int" ;

Again, you are beating a dead horse on this one. Addicts do not care who is making the 61%. They are not going to stop buying from their current source and their current supplier is not going to buy from the Gov. lmao. That is just crasy to think you can legalize something and it will make you money. How are you going to stop the locals from growing their own? How you going to stop the experienced dealer from going ahead buying cheaper from Mexico because the US Gov is taxing them? Does this really stop the Cartel? No, because they will always be able to sell for less and it is all about the $$$. So, please explain how making a drug, that can not be realistically taxed, is a good financial move for anyone except the users?
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Mar 13, 2010
 
You know if you really want to tax the shit, just donate $.25 every time you smoke one. See how fast that adds up for an avid smoker. Also, to legalize it and Gov to be involved it would have to pass the UDSA and FDA approval. Do you have any concept of the cost to get a medical drug approved that saves lives, let alone a rec drug? It can take 20 years to get a drug approved. So, even if this great concept floated out of the heavens, do the rest of us tax payers want to pay the millions to billions for the testing? It is not just a matter of, oh its legal we pay taxes. It takes votes, gov, testing, FDA, USDA, and the list goes on and on. So, how do you invest that much money and man power from taxes I pay and others pay who do not smoke, if you can not guarantee people will buy only from Gov sources? I for one think that I pay enough taxes and sadly it is not enough to fund our schools now. So, you should take our already depleted taxes from schools and use it to try to get something this unsteady passed? I for one do not want money funneled to legalize it. Instead hire my kids another teacher or two so they do not have 36 students in one class. Oh, this topic just enrages me. Sadly, I do not care if you smoke or not. I do not feel it is a real threat and much rather see meth controled, but I do not think legalizing it is a step in a good financial direction. I say smoke your dope and don't get caught. If you get caught, pay your fines... boom there is revenue. Since it is not a felony if you only have enough for personal use, it rarely results in anything more than a ticket and fine, maybe probation. Everything has a price and if you want it bad enough you have to pay to play. There is more revenue through fines than could be controlled through legalization.
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Mar 13, 2010
 
Yes, what a joke! 13 named and more to come. The more to come would fill the whole Quill with names. Not only the Quill but it would take a week of filling the Quill up with the names.
13 or so is only the tip of the problem here in W.P. There are hundreds! Charleen Eberle for one. Check out the track marks, the missing teeth from Meth, check out her home, her lifestyle, her poor kids. But then, she is just one of hundreds. And what about drug testing at these business's. That is a real joke!
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Mar 13, 2010
 
Legalize the Marijuana, just like alcohol. Tax it and let it go. But the Meth, Crack, Cocaine, all those prescriptions drugs given so freely by the docs. here in town and sold on the streets. NO! those are the ones that should be shut down.
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Mar 13, 2010
 
one would think that they wouldnt put it in the paper, names and all, until they were all the way done busting people. maybe there were just a few people that werent home on friday or something.
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Mar 13, 2010
 
jake wrote:
one would think that they wouldnt put it in the paper, names and all, until they were all the way done busting people. maybe there were just a few people that werent home on friday or something.
Your so right, they probably weren't home Friday. They were running to make their deals but in Secret this time. All you Meth heads, turn around, someone may be still watching you.
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Mar 14, 2010
 
There was 8 more bust this morning. I can't wait to see who it is. They are missing out on a whole bunch of ppl. I recently had a talk with a local law enforcement officer and he stated that cases he had worked on for months to bust, walks out the door with a slap on the hand. This is due to our prosecutor. Personally I think we need to look at replacing our prosecutor. People who are cooking meth with Children in the home, goes to jail, they get bailed out and they get their children back to live in that same environment. When people that deal with these dealers and addicts are educated and know that people need help to become clean and more than anything they have to "WANT" to be clean. We can't help people who don't want to help themselves.

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