“Our thought is the weapon may have been used in criminal activity in the Kansas City metro area.”

LACLEDE COUNTY, Missouri- Sheriff Millsap says an overnight traffic stop in Laclede County on November 6 has led to the arrest of two drug dealers. Aleesha M. Ford, 27, of Lee Summit, Missouri and Nicholas W. McPheron, 34, of Greenwood, Missouri were arrested when a Laclede County Deputy made a traffic stop at Highway 32 and OO Highway at approximately 2:00 a.m.

The deputy saw an SUV, pulling a small trailer with non-functioning trailer lights. The deputy stopped the vehicle for the equipment violation and during the contact with the driver and the passenger, nearly 1 ½ ounces of methamphetamine was located. The deputy found an SKS rifle in the vehicle. McPheron is a convicted felon. The deputy was assisted by a K-9 unit from the Lebanon Police Department during the search of the SUV.

Information developed during the investigation suggests the SKS rifle was stolen from a drug dealer in the Kansas City area. The weapon is being sent to the Missouri Highway Patrol for ballistics testing. “The weapon will be fired and the bullet and casing will be uploaded into the ATFB national database to compare with spent rounds that have been located at unsolved drive by shootings, or homicides,” said Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap. “Our thought is the weapon may have been used in criminal activity in the Kansas City metro area.”

“The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is about $5000. The follow-up investigation has been given to the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group,” Millsap said.

McPheron and Ford have been charged by the Laclede County Prosecutor with 2nd Degree Trafficking.