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Posted on: May 14, 2014

Major Meth Bust by Jackson County Drug Task Force takes $1 million in drugs off the streets

What do you get when you combine a tip from a concerned citizen with the assets of the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department? A methamphetamine bust to the tune of $1 million.

During a recent sweep, Officers recovered 22 pounds of methamphetamine, according to Dan Cummings, Officer in Charge for the Task Force. Valued at $1 million, Cummings said the street value was closer to $2 million.

The Task Force received a tip about suspicious activity around a local house. That tip lead to the investigation and subsequent bust.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department’s Tactical Team was instrumental in the operation. Cummings said the Sheriff Department’s K9 Unit also quickly alerted officers to a vehicle, where the drugs were found hidden inside a fender.

Cummings said two adult men, one an illegal immigrant, were taken into custody. A 16-year-old at the home was turned over to juvenile authorities.

"This a major blow for the methamphetamine supply in Jackson County and the Kansas City metro area," said Cummings. "When you take $2 million off the streets in one swoop, you put a huge dent in it."

The cases have been turned over to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Jackson County Drug Task Force was formed in 1986 and is comprised of representatives from fourteen area law enforcement agencies including police departments throughout the county as well as the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Task Force is funded by the quarter-cent Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax (COMBAT).

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