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Columbia Missourian

21 arrested in Missouri meth roundup

By The Associated Press
May 24, 2012 | 11:53 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — A methamphetamine roundup in eastern Missouri has netted 21 arrests.

Authorities said Thursday that suspects from Franklin and Jefferson counties are facing charges accusing them of being part of a meth manufacturing and distribution network.The suspects range in age from 21 to 48. The charges are part of a federal indictment returned on May 16 but sealed until Wednesday.

Several police agencies were involved in the arrests, including the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Missouri has led the nation in the number of clandestine meth lab seizures every year except one for the past decade.