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Last month, Federal officials announced several arrests in connection with a conspiracy to distribute marijauna in the Springfield area. Mike Smith has the story:
A group of law enforcement officials from several Federal, State, and local agencies stood behind U.S. Attorney Todd Graves as he announced a 25 count indictment alleging a conspiracy of 25 co-defendants distributed thousands of pounds of marijuauna in the Springfield metro area.
Graves said the case is significant because it involves not only the large amnount of pot sold in the area, but because of the great lengths the co-conspirators went through to hide their illegal activity.
17 of the alleged co-conspirators are from Springfield. $ are from Marshfield. The others are from Pleasant Hope, Pierce City, West Plains, and Tulare California.
U.S. Attorney Todd Graves says he's cautiously optimistic that the indictments will have an effect on the local drug trade. He says the investigation into the alleged distribution ring began after a June 2003 traffic stop "in a county other than Greene". The case is being invesstigated by the IRS, DEA, and BATF, along with the Combined Ozarks Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Team, (COMET) the Mo. State Highway Patrol, the Sheriff's Departments of Greene and Webster Counties, and the
Springfield Police Department.
For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.