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KTVO.com Year in Review Number 4

Our number 4 story was from April 28.

Throughout the end of the year, KTVO.com is looking back at our top 10 viewed stories on the site from 2017.

Our number 5 story was from June 9.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — More than two dozen suspects are in custody after a massive drug crackdown in northeast Missouri.

Nearly 40 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies gathered at the Adair County Annex Building early Friday morning in Kirksville.

After a briefing, officers fanned out across the county.

Twenty-two arrest warrants were served in Adair County.

One was served in Sullivan County.

Warrants for each suspect were obtained through the Adair County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick told KTVO the massive arrests have been a year in the making.

"This has been an ongoing investigation for approximately the last 18 months. The undercover officers and other individuals have been working in regards to that matter to curb the drug issues that we face in this community. It was a very successful operation."

In addition to the 23 warrants issued, four other warrants will be served to individuals already incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections on unrelated charges.

This operation also resulted in 6 additional arrests and 25 new charges.

Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson said during a press conference Friday, that many of the drugs being utilized were methamphetamine on a large scale and marijuana.

Wilson added that it doesn't appear the meth is being manufactured in Adair County.

This drug crackdown is still active, and arrest teams are still seeking others who have active warrants for their arrest.

Suspects are currently being held at the Adair County Jail.

The following Kirksville area residents have been arrested as part of this investigation:

  • Janet L. Ames, 49, possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams of marijuana, $15,000 cash only bond
  • James E. Barlow, 30, distribution of a controlled substance near schools, $50,000 cash only bond
  • Laura J. Brown, 39, two counts of distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, total bond $50,000 cash only
  • Jimmie D. Davidson, 39, distribution of a controlled substance in or near a park, $50,000 cash only bond
  • Norma L. Forrester, 61, distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, $25,000 cash only bond
  • Kenneth R. Fountain, 24, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance near public housing or other governmental housing, $50,000 cash only bond
  • Michelle L. Johnson, 43, two counts of distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, total bond $65,000 cash only
  • Marvin W. Johnson Jr., 46, distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, $25,000 cash only
  • Brenda S. King, 34, distributing a controlled substance near schools and distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, total bond $75,000 cash only
  • Michael S. Metzermacher, 33, distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, $25,000 cash only bond
  • Christena L. Morgan, 45, delivery or manufacture of an imitation controlled substance, $10,000 cash only bond
  • Amanda L. O’Connor, 26, distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, $25,000 cash only bond
  • Joshua L. Pratt, 39, distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, $25,000 cash only bond
  • Jeremy P. Redmon, 45, distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, $25,000 cash only bond
  • Jackie J. Stark, 32, distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, $25,000 cash only bond
  • Shelby L. Willis, 24, distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, $25,000 cash only bond
  • Corey J. Casey, 27, distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, $25,000 cash only bond
  • Robert N. Pettibone, 52, distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, $25,000 cash only bond
  • Brennan M. Robbins, 39, delivery of a controlled substance except 35 grams of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, $15,000 cash only bond
  • Bradley S. Wilkins, 48, two counts of distributing a controlled substance near schools, $75,000 cash only bond
  • Jennifer L. Gillen, 37, delivery or manufacturing of an imitation controlled substance, $10,000 cash only bond

The following Novinger area resident was arrested as part of this investigation:

  • Amanda D. Hanlin, 34, three counts of distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, total bond $50,000 cash only bond

The following Milan area resident was arrested during this investigation:

  • Brian M. Kline, 29, distributing a controlled substance near schools and distribution/delivery/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, total bond $75,000 cash only.

The following law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation:

  • Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Adair County Sheriff’s Office
  • North Missouri Drug Task Force
  • Kirksville Police Department
  • Truman State University Department of Public Safety
  • Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office
  • United States Marshals Service

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