BENTON -- A drug operation near Sikeston R-6 schools was shut down over the weekend after an investigation by the Scott County Sheriff's Department.
According to Sheriff Rick Walter, a large quantity of marijuana and paraphernalia was seized Sunday during a drug surveillance operation of a house on Ables Road in Sikeston. The residence was located within 1,000 feet of a school.
Walter said during the course of the surveillance, several individuals were identified and when enough information was gathered, a search warrant was requested and approved.
"Other law enforcement agencies were contacted, but once it was apparent that we had enough for the search warrant and the suspects were at home, things began to move very quickly, and we wound up serving the warrant with those we had doing the surveillance," Walter said.
Warrants for those involved are pending the filing of formal charges.
"This is actually the best we can hope for during a drug investigation," Walter said. "To take drugs off the street, make some arrests for crimes, which have enhanced punishment because they were committed close to a school, and have the information lead to another set of suspects and another investigation.
Walter continued: "There seems to be an endless supply of these people out there, and we want to get as many of them off the street as we can."