UPDATE 2/6/23 — The man arrested on Feb. 4 is Scott H. Bonner, a convicted drug dealer in Laclede County, according to a press release from the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office.

LCSO Sheriff David Millsap wrote that Bonner was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2018 for trafficking drugs.

Courtesy of the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office

“This is a perfect example of a broken system within the Department of Corrections,” Millsap wrote. ” … This is not an isolated incident this is a pattern of people released from prison, that need to be locked up. It defied logic that you can be sentence by a judge to 16-years, and be out in less than four years. No accountability by the offender and no accountability by DOC in allowing this to happen.”

Millsap then blamed “liberal politicians in Jefferson City” for focusing on violent crime while letting people such as Bonner go free.

Original story, published Feb. 5, 2023:

LEBANON, Mo. – The Lebanon Police Department seized large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin after a traffic stop turned into a foot pursuit.

According to a press release on the Lebanon Police Department Facebook page, on February 4, members of the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group, the Lebanon Police Department, the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol attempted to initiate a traffic stop of a vehicle suspected of trafficking narcotics.

The vehicle fled the traffic stop but was later stopped in Lebanon after tire deflation devices were deployed.

The driver ran on foot but was quickly captured.

Lebanon Police said during a search of the vehicle, almost 1600 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 12 grams of heroin, items consistent with the delivery of controlled substances, and just over $5200 in United States currency were seized.

The driver has not been named but is described as a 41-year-old man from Lebanon. Charges pending.