Methamphetamine confiscated in north Columbia

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 5:56 p.m. CDT; updated 8:40 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Missouri State Highway Patrol keeps data on methamphetamine incidents across Missouri. An “incident” is defined as an operational laboratory, laboratory equipment (chemical and glassware) or dumpsites.

COLUMBIA — SWAT team members and deputies from the Boone County Sheriff's Department confiscated a small amount of methamphetamine Thursday morning in northern Columbia.

Along with the meth, the Sheriff's Department confiscated a digital scale and packaging material at a residence in Rustic Meadows Trailer Park, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

"Generally anytime you see a digital scale next to illegal narcotics, it means there are sales being made," Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.

The Sheriff's Department had been watching this residence for more than five years, O'Sullivan said. The team was serving a search warrant when the meth was found.

The female resident present at the time of the search was not arrested because there was not enough evidence that the meth belonged to her, he said.

"She's not out of the woods yet," O'Sullivan said. "I'm sure they have other friends and associates in the business."

O'Sullivan said meth is the narcotic the Sheriff's Department focuses on the most.

Seven meth incidents occurred in Boone County between January and June this year, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website. An incident is defined as the seizure of chemicals or equipment, discovery of manufacturing locations, or sites where byproducts are dumped.

With 888 incidents statewide for that time frame, Missouri is the state with the second-most meth incidents for 2013. Indiana is the first with 956.

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