By: CJ Cassidy
Cape Girardeau County, MO - A year long investigation busts a top drug dealer in the Heartland.
Agents with the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force say they set out to catch a dealer, but ended up with far more than that.
It took a high speed chase and the suspect's vehicle landing at the bottom of a ravine, before police managed to get the man they wanted back in custody, on Thursday.
"He fled on the interstate travelling Northbound at speeds of over 100 miles per hour," an undercover agent tells Heartland News.
Still, agents say they had their eye on the man they believed to be Mitchell B. Byrd long before that.
"He was a very big fish. We have received information he was the one who distributed most narcotics in Cape Girardeau," the agent says.
Investigators say Byrd conducted his illegal business by moving from hotel to hotel, often using people in Cape Girardeau to rent him rooms and vehicles.
Byrd's arrest finally gave agents a chance to confirm some other suspicions they had about him.