All Missouri Cities

Drug and Gun Sweep in Missouri

A drug and gun sweep that resulted in the arrest of 125 suspects in Missouri and Arkansas leveraged the enforcement powers of the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) to get weapons off the streets. As reported by KMOX in St. Louis, the operation was part of a multi-agency task force called “High Intensity Trafficking Suppression” which uses the policing powers of not just drug enforcement, but illegal guns as well.

The two-year investigation netted 108 firearms along with a variety of drugs, including marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine.

Exploiting the known link between drug trafficking and illegal weapons, investigators used a variety of techniques, including a sting operation, to uncover traffickers.

“When we can remove guns and the guns from the drug dealers and the other criminals who shouldn’t have them, inevitably the violence is going to go down,” said Christopher Thyer, the U.S. District Attorney for Eastern Arkansas. “It has got to go down. It should have a big impact on this community and on the boot heel of Missouri as well.” (Memphis News Channel 3)

Using illegal guns as a way to find and arrest drug dealers is just one of several techniques police can use to expose operations that can be quite clever at concealing their drug sales. Another uses partnerships with the IRS and forensic accounting to track the money generated by drug sales. In all cases, the idea is the same: discover the illegal activity by whatever means, obtain a warrant and then search for related crimes. Drug dealers are vulnerable to any of these methods and all can add charges when they appear in court. Penalties for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony makes it more difficult for a trafficker to plea bargain their way out of a prison sentence.

The real benefit comes when illegal firearms are taken out of circulation. Even those who support firearm ownership as a matter of Constitutional right are keen to get firearms out of the hands of criminals.


The contents of the web site (the "Site") are for informational purposes only. The Information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, tests or treatment, and does not create a physician-patient relationship. This Site and Deep Dive Media ("the Company") are not responsible for sending you to, referring you to or making recommendations about a doctor, a professional practice or health insurance company. NO LICENSED PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS CREATED BY USING INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OR THROUGH THE USE OF THIS SITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, TREATMENT CENTER REFERRAL FUNCTIONS OR LINKS TO OTHER SITES. The Company makes no guarantees, representations or warranties, whether expressed or implied, with respect to professional qualifications, expertise, quality of work or other information herein. Further the Company does not in any way endorse the individuals described herein. In no event shall the Company be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such information. You are STRONGLY ADVISED to perform your own due diligence prior to selecting a health care professional with activities, such as making confirming telephone calls to the appropriate licensing authorities to verify listed credentials and education. In addition you can further verify information about a physician or medical provider by confirming with the doctor's office, your current physician, the medical association relative to the doctor's specialty and your state medical board. See our Legal Statement for the complete terms and conditions governing your use of the Site.


Why Did You Visit This Site?
I am looking for treatment
A friend or family member is looking for treatment
Just Looking for Information
Total votes: 97
Call 1-855-216-4673 anytime to speak with an addiction specialist. Insurance Accepted.