CAPE GIRARDEAU - The sweep by local, regional, state and federal authorities to arrest those involved in gun violence brought in numerous area residents.
On Tuesday, 100 representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Missouri Highway Patrol, the United States Marshals Service, the Bootheel Drug Task Force, Pemiscot and Dunklin Sheriff Departments, Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville and Kennett Police Departments and the Sikeston Department of Public Safety assisted in serving 25 federal arrest warrants in Southeast Missouri as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.
The arrests were part of a 14-month investigation targeting "dangerous felons who possess and use firearms and traffick in illegal narcotics in several Southeast Missouri communities along the I-55 corridor," according to a news release by federal officials.
Among those arrested were:
Eddie Taylor Sr. of Caruthersville, distribution of marijuana (five counts), distribution of cocaine (nine counts), aiding and abetting the manufacture of cocaine base (six counts), distribution of cocaine base and forfeiture allegations;
Aaron Woods of Caruthersville, distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (three counts);
Garnett Fisher of Hayti, distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (three counts);
Jimmy Caldwell of Portageville, distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (two counts) and felon in possession of a firearm (two counts);
Antjuan Ruff of Hayti Heights, felon in possession of a firearm; possession with intent to distribute marijuana;
Jermaine Battles of Caruthersville, selling a firearm to a felon;
Ray Rodgers of Caruthersville, felon in possession of a firearm;
Marcus Taylor of Caruthersville, distribution of cocaine;
Eddie Taylor Jr. of Caruthersville, distribution of cocaine;
Claude Taylor of Pemiscot County, felon in possession of a firearm;
Kenneth Church of Caruthersville, distribution of cocaine.
Announced earlier was the arrest of two Sikeston residents, Steve Lott and Michael Robinson. Both are charged as felons in possession of a firearm.