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      Lengthy narcotics investigation ends in multiple arrests

      Brandon Joell Douglas, 35. Distributing controlled substance near schoools.

      Law enforcement in Macon and Randolph counties have wrapped up a year-long narcotics investigation.

      After what Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger called a 'lengthy and complex investigation,' more than a dozen suspects have been taken into custody.

      The North Missouri Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Chariton and Randolph County Sheriff's Offices, and the Moberly Police Department were also involved in the operation.

      In a press release, Chief Olinger stressed the importance of keeping initiatives like the North Missouri Drug Task Force funded.

      ??This is why we need agencies like the Drug Task Force to continue to be funded by grants. These programs are very important to small communities because drugs continue to be one of the biggest problems everywhere,?? Olinger said.

      Macon County Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker added, "Not one of these agencies has enough manpower to take on an operation such as this alone. It??s fantastic to see these agencies work together as one unit to crack down on the drug problems this county has. These year-long, and sometimes longer, drug investigations are some of the hardest cases to work and without the Drug Task Force involved it wouldn??t be possible. It??s a great feeling knowing that we can work together to help fight the war on drugs."

      The complete list of arrests and charges can be found in the slideshow above.