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Largest Meth Bust in Missouri Bootheel

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Largest Meth Bust in Missouri Bootheel
By: CJ Cassidy

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. - Just when you think police have the methamphetamine problem under control, it rears its ugly head.

Agents say they took in more than $300,000 worth of meth and that's not counting all the cash and weapons.

Drug agents say if you find that troubling, consider what could happen if they weren't around to do their jobs.

Police describe the meth as pure, imported from Mexico.

"The dealer will add chemicals to knock the purity and double the quantity," one undercover agent explained.

Besides the meth, agents also seized more than $100,000 in cash and weapons in a six month-long investigation covering Missouri and Arkansas.

It's the kind of man-power intensive bust local sheriffs say they need help with.

"If these task forces aren't operating, I don't have enough deputies and the city police; these guys solve - all they do is go for the drugs and the guns," Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell said.

He worries federal spending cuts could affect task forces statewide and leave drugs on his streets.

"If the Byrne grant is not reinstated for 2010, you're going to see a major portion of your task force step down in Missouri," Greenwell said.

The Sheriff points out it takes skilled agents putting in many hours to take down big time dealers.

Undercover agents say one of the suspects in this case was allegedly dealing drugs out of his mother's house.

"Average guy, average neighborhood, could be anywhere."

The four suspects in the case including Ward Harden of Kennett face meth trafficking charges.

Police say more arrests are pending.

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