LEBANON, Missouri- Sheriff David Millsap saysoOn Thursday, August 23, 2018, members of LANEG/Team 9, troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol Zone, Laclede County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lebanon Police Department conducted a drug investigation in Lebanon.

Officers were conducting surveillance on a motel in Lebanon believed to be occupied by a subject wanted on a felony arrest warrant. During the surveillance officers observed a female known to be involved in the sales and distribution of narcotics enter the motel. A short time later officers observed a drug transaction in the parking lot of the motel. Moments after observing the drug transaction the female, observed earlier, left the motel on foot carrying a backpack. LANEG/Team 9 and Troop I River operations made contact with the female who was attempting to hide a backpack in a local business.

As officers were making contact with the female, eight additional subjects started exiting the motel’s side exit door, three subjects got into a vehicle and started driving away while the other five subjects started walking in different directions from the motel. Troopers and Lebanon Police Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the three subjects exited the vehicle and fled on foot, but were eventually detained.

Two of the three subjects were found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The five subjects who had exited the motel were contacted and detained by officers. A search of the individuals and a consent search of the motel room led to the seizure of approximately ¼ pound of methamphetamine, controlled prescription pills, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and drug paraphernalia used in the distribution of narcotics. The investigation concluded the methamphetamine originated in the state of California and brought to Laclede County for distribution, the sheriff said.