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DPS conducts roundup

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sikeston Department of Public Safety officer Ryan Dennis escorts Mose Wheeler out of his home.
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety and other agencies arrested several Scott County residents this morning. The roundup came in response to a Scott County grand jury which was impaneled in September, said Drew Juden, director of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

"Since it was impaneled we've been presenting cases before the grand jury," Juden said. The results were all suppressed or sealed indictments, which were used for the roundup.

As of 8:30 a.m. today, about 25 had been arrested, mostly on drug charges, including possession, sales, and intent to distribute, Juden said.

The roundup began at 6:30 a.m. today with two search warrants. The DPS was assisted by the Scott County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Probation and Patrol, Scott County Juvenile office, Scott County Prosecutor's office and the Missouri National Guard's RAID unit, which provided helicopter support, according to Juden.

The DPS aims to have at least two of these roundups each year.

"The big reason is to be very proactive in our enforcement efforts," Juden said. "We are continuing in our effort to make this community a better and safer place to live."