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Special Drug Team Makes 25 Arrests Since January

AVA, Mo. -- Sheriffs in three southwest Missouri counties have joined forces to crack down on illegal drugs and a rash of property crimes.
AVA, Mo. -- Sheriffs in three southwest Missouri counties have joined forces to crack down on illegal drugs and a rash of property crimes.

The Tri-County Special Response Team was formed in January by the sheriffs of Douglas, Ozark and Wright counties, according to a news release Wednesday by Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase.

Degase says the three counties have had an increasing problem with stealing and burglaries, believed to be tied to illegal drug sales and use.

Since being formed, Degase says 25 arrests have been made and 12 search warrants served.  The men and women arrested are charged with distribution of controlled substances, receiving stolen property, burglary and endangering the welfare of a child.  Methamphetamine, marijuana, guns and stolen items were found during the searches.

The most recent arrest was early Wednesday morning on the northeast side of Ava, when a woman was arrested for drug distribution.  Degase says the combining for forces has "allowed all three Sheriff's to aggressively attack the problem and in the process has made it much safer for the deputies involved."

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