NEW MADRID - Thirty-four people are in custody following a drug sweep through New Madrid County by area law enforcement agencies.
New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens said the arrests Friday and over the weekend were the result of an 18-months investigation into drug trafficking in New Madrid County spearheaded by SEMO Drug Task Force. According to Stevens 31 individuals were taken into custody Friday along with three others unrelated to the drug investigation but wanted on outstanding warrants. One individual was arrested in Mississippi County in connection with the sweep over the weekend.
The sheriff said other individuals are still being sought in connection with the investigation which he termed as on-going.
The arrests began at 7 a.m. Friday with officers from the SEMO Drug Task Force, New Madrid and Stoddard county sheriff offices, New Madrid, Portageville, Lilbourn, Parma and Morehouse police departments plus a CERT team from Sikeston Department of Public Safety and from Scott County. Also the Missouri Highway Patrol provided aerial surveillance.
Stevens stated all the individuals taken custody in the drug sweep were wanted for the sale of illegal substances.
"Every arrest was without incident," said Stevens "It was a very smooth operation. I am pleased with the results we had even though they are stacked up like cordwood at the jail."
Arraignment of those arrested are to begin today in Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court.
A list of those arrested was not available from the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department by press time today.