SIKESTON -- Two persons were arrested over the weekend after delivering 10 pounds of marijuana to an undercover officer with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.
DPS Director Drew Juden said both subjects, who are from the Houston, Texas area, delivered the drugs Saturday afternoon in exchange for $6,250 from the undercover officer.
Arrested was Eric Gates, 22, of Galena Park, Texas for delivery of a controlled substance, a Class B felony. Gates is currently being held in the New Madrid County jail under $50,000 bond. The second subject was released pending further review by the prosecutor.
The month-long investigation was originally planned for a delivery in Sikeston, however, one of the suspects changed the location to a New Madrid County truck stop approximately 30 minutes prior to making the transaction. Juden stated that a lot of planning went into two Sikeston locations that had previously been mentioned trying to set up the deal, however, when the deal is changed at the eleventh hour, "you just have to adjust as needed."
Juden stated with the late notice, the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the SEMO Drug Task Force were called to assist. Surveillance on the truck stop's parking lot was done by Task Force members and the actual arrests were made by New Madrid County Sheriff's deputies and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Additional investigations done by DPS, SEMO Drug Task Force officers and New Madrid County Sheriff's deputies led to the recovery of another pound of marijuana which had been delivered by the suspect to a New Madrid County resident. Charges are pending in regards to this discovery.
Juden praised the efforts of all involved stating this was a "total team effort and done in a relatively short period of time."
Additional arrests are expected in the case.