'Operation Spring Fling' nets 17 suspects

Willie Murphy (Source: Sikeston Dept. of Public Safety)
Willie Murphy (Source: Sikeston Dept. of Public Safety)

SIKESTON, MO (KAIT) – Officers from several Bootheel Missouri law enforcement agencies did a little spring cleaning early Wednesday morning.

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety met with numerous agencies to conduct "Operation Spring Fling."

Instead of collecting trash, they were looking for 32 people recently indicted on a variety of charges.

By 10 a.m. officers had arrested 17 of the alleged offenders.

While not all of the wanted subjects were located, Captain James McMillen of Sikeston DPS, said "this event was a success."

He added it is "important we take an aggressive stance on drugs in our community because of all the harm and violence associated with it."

McMillen also credited the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Scott County Sheriff's Office, Missouri Army National Guard (air support), SEMO Drug Task Force, DEA, ATF, Scott County Prosecutor Paul Boyd, and New Madrid County Prosecutor L. Recker and Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Lawson for their assistance.

He also thanked the community for providing tips to law enforcement and urged anyone with information on illegal drugs and crime in general to call the department's Crimestoppers hotline at (573) 471-1500. Tips can remain anonymous, McMillen said.

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