The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG) is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force which serves Camden, Crawford, Gasconade, Laclede, Maries, and Osage Counties. Additionally, the task force serves the cities of Lebanon, Osage Beach, Camdenton, Cuba, Hermann, Steelville, Bourbon, and Belle. The task force encompasses six counties with an approximate population of 142,000 residents. LANEG employs five (5) Task Force Officers and is coordinated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who supplies one (1) Trooper to the task force. LANEG focuses their efforts on drug enforcement by conducting both covert and overt narcotics investigations in the counties and cities they serve.
The task force reported the following amounts of drug seizures as a result of its enforcement efforts in the previous quarter (January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017):
Methamphetamine — 135.7 grams
Cocaine — 1.5 grams
Heroin — 12 grams
Marijuana — 485.5 grams
Indoor Marijuana grows — 1
Synthetic drugs — 12.5 grams
Prescription drugs/pills — 251.5 doses
During the previous quarter (listed above), LANEG also disassembled three (3) methamphetamine drug laboratories and dump sites, served twenty-seven (27) search warrants, conducted twenty-six (26) consent searches, seized twelve (12) firearms, and arrested sixty-three (63) individuals on one hundred and eighty-seven (187) drug related charges. In addition, LANEG made six (6) Felon in Possession of Firearm, six (6) Endangering the Welfare of a Child and forty-two (42) warrant arrest, these non-drug related charges include but are not limited to the above sixty-three (63) individuals.
LANEG credits its success to local and surrounding law enforcement agencies’ and the public’s cooperation. If you have any information regarding a possible methamphetamine laboratory, growing of marijuana, or other information about the distribution of narcotics, please contact your local law enforcement agency or you can call the following toll free numbers to reach LANEG. 1-800-351-8477 (TIPS). All callers have the option of remaining anonymous.
Laclede had 6 search warrants, 13 consent searches, 15 people to be charged in these investigations. One subject arrested on a federal arrest warrant.
Funding for this project made available by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the State of Missouri Department of Public Safety.