According to the Springfield, MO News-Leader, the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force’s daily pinochle game was interrupted on Saturday by the biggest drug bust in county history. Apparently, the task force was mobilized after an employee at a local auto parts store discovered that a package marked “brochures” and been slightly mislabeled. Refusing to sign for the delivery without first inspecting the contents, the store employee was shocked when he discovered that the morning delivery was heavily packed with a different type of coolant: 300 lbs and approximately $500,000 worth of marijuana.
“I’ve been in law enforcement since 1980, and that’s the biggest processed marijuana bust I’ve seen,” said county Sheriff Don Schlessman.
Total, three suspects have been arrested for suspected involvement, one of whom was an employee of the auto parts store. Currently, all three are being held on $75,000 bond and have been charged with Class A felonies for trafficking in the first degree.