ODET releases end of 2018 statistics

The Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team (ODET) released the statistics for 2018. ODET is made up of eight detectives that covers five counties. The counties covered by ODET are Jasper, Barton, Newton, McDonald and Barry. The primary function of ODET is to dismantle large scale drug trafficking organizations. Some of these organizations are directly connected to drug cartels in Mexico.

Over 95 percent of the methamphetamine seized in United States today is manufactured in Mexico. ODET is major layer in the war on these organizations and works closely with FBI, DEA and ATF on the dismantling of these organizations.

In 2018, ODET detectives seized 6,230 grams of methamphetamine (roughly 14 pounds) with a street value of $623,000. ODET detectives seized 33,448 grams of high-grade marijuana (roughly 74 pounds) with a street value of $259,000.

ODET detectives served 111 search warrants and arrested 134 suspects for possession of methamphetamine. ODET detectives seized 177 firearms and arrested 144 fugitives on outstanding warrants. ODET detectives were responsible for the indictments of 13 suspects in 2018.

If anyone has drug information that they believe could be helpful to ODET, call at (417) 624-9365 or call your local agency. ODET is supported by grants and local agency contributions and cannot be operated without that support.

Commander Chad Wilson, with ODET, said, "I want to thank each agency and community that participates in ODET and we look forward to serving your coverage area in 2019."

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