SEMO Drug Task Force news
CHARLESTON -- Three Charleston residents were arrested Thursday in two separate drug busts.
Drug investigators from the SEMO Drug Task Force, Sikeston's Special Operations Group tactical team and the Charleston Department of Public Safety successfully served search warrants at two residences in a coordinated joint operation resulting in the arrests and the seizure of cocaine, marijuana and almost $18,000.
At 12:15 p.m., the first search warrant was executed at 413 Cleveland St. During this action, Robert V. Bogan, 31, and Anthony Tipler, 21, were apprehended by officers as they attempted to flee from the rear of the home. A subsequent search of the suspects and residence resulted in officers recovering approximately one ounce of crack cocaine, nine ounces of powder cocaine and $1,400.
Tipler was arrested for first degree trafficking and was taken to the Charleston Police Department pending the filing of charges.
Bogan was arrested on a federal warrant for the distribution of a controlled substance and taken before the U.S. magistrate in Cape Girardeau.
Continuing the investigation, officers initiated surveillance on Daryn J. Easton, 38, of 300 Vine St. Based on information from the investigation, at 5 p.m. officers executed a second search warrant at Easton's residence. As a result of this search, officers recovered approximately 11 pounds of marijuana and $16,500.
Easton was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and taken to the Charleston Police Department pending the filing of charges.
Sgt. Kevin Glaser, supervisor of the SEMO Drug Task Force, said that the success of an operation like this is dependent upon a cooperative effort between law enforcement agencies.
"This is an excellent example of how effective law enforcement can be when they work together, sharing information and resources," Glaser said. "A large quantity of drugs was taken off the street and this affects the availability of drugs not only in Charleston but in all of the surrounding communities."