MAY 27, 2004 - Posted at 1:14 p.m. CDT, updated at 2:29 p.m. CDT, updated at 4:57 p.m.
BLYTHEVILLE, AR - The mayor of Steele, Missouri faces drug-related charges in northeast Arkansas.
Undercover drug agents with the northeast Arkansas-based Second Judicial District Drug Task Force and the southeast Missouri-based Bootheel Drug Task Force wrapped up a year-long operation on Tuesday with the arrest of 50-year-old Keith Samford at the Hampton Inn hotel in Blytheville. The charges are believed to be related to methamphetamine trafficking. Investigators reportedly caught Mayor Samford as he attempted to broker a drug deal with an undercover agent.
Samford is being held in the Mississippi County Detention Center at Luxora.