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Charleston resident is arrested on crack charge

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Agencies work together

CHARLESTON -- A Charleston man was formally charged Tuesday for possession of crack cocaine and other related offenses.

Christopher M. Booker, 34, was charged with first degree drug trafficking and receiving stolen property, according to the Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney's office. Bond is set at $100,000 cash only, and he remains in the Mississippi County Jail.

Booker was arrested Monday after the Sikeston Department of Public Safety's Special Operations Group assisted the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force and the Charleston Department of Public Safety in executing a search warrant at his residence located at 1203 Vine St. in Charleston, according to SEMO Drug Task Force.

The search warrant resulted in the seizure of about 1.5 ounces of crack cocaine, assorted pills, $2,600 in cash and two handguns, one of which was reported stolen from Sikeston.

The investigation which was initiated by the SEMO Drug Task Force, was a cooperative effort by the three agencies to address the continuing problem with the distribution of crack cocaine in Southeast Missouri area and the rising level of violence associated with the crack cocaine drug trade, officials said.

The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the investigation.