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Narcotics Investigators from the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG) and Deputies from the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office executed two narcotics related search warrants last Thursday, Jan. 9. The investigation, initiated in early 2013, resulted in the seizure of a substantial amount of crystal methamphetamine “ice” and drug paraphernalia.
Clarence W. White, aka “Bill White”, 47, of Owensville, has been charged with trafficking drugs in the second degree (Class B felony), possession of a controlled substance (Class C felony), and resisting arrest (Class D felony). White is being held in the Crawford County Jail at Steelville and bond has been set at $75,000. He was arraigned in Gasconade County on January 13.
The first of these two search warrants had been issued for a vehicle operated by White. At approximately 3 p.m. he was located in the vehicle on Brinkman Road in rural Owensville.
When deputies approached White, he attempted to flee from the scene. His vehicle ran off the roadway and became stuck in a snow drift before he was taken into custody. White was found to be in possession of a substantial quantity of suspected “ice” and currency that was believed to be derived from drug sales.
Later that evening a second search warrant was executed at White’s home, located at 405 E. Cherry in Owensville. Investigators seized illegally possessed Rx medication and other documentation.
White is believed to play a substantial role in the local “ice” trade and the sheriff’s department believes his arrest will have a positive impact on curbing the local crystal meth trade.
Gasconade County has been a member of the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group for approximately 15 years. Agents from the Task Force have been a vital asset to the citizens of Gasconade County. LANEG agents have, and are continuing to devote, countless hours (investigating, applying for search warrants, and working with confidential informants) to fight the “war on drugs” in Gasconade County, says Sheriff Randy Esphorst. Working with citizens tips, LANEG agents have made a positive impact in our community.
Without their help and yours, the Sheriff’s Office, with its limited manpower and resources, would not be able to be as pro-active in combating narcotics trafficking and possession of dangerous drugs here in Gasconade County.
If you have information regarding illegal activity in your area, contact the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office, your local law enforcement agency, or our toll free tip line at 877-486-4036.