Investigators from the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force partnered with their colleagues of the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department, and the Gosnell, Blytheville and Osceola police departments in an investigation that resulted in the arrest of three people and the seizure of the cash, drugs, a handgun and a 2001 Ford pickup truck.
Arrested were Bridgette Crosswell, 36, of 106 Gregg Lane in Gosnell, Charles Jackson, 42, of 1601 W. Vine in Blytheville and Richard Anderson, 43, of 4733 Loneoak in Jonesboro.
Crosswell, who has a previous felony criminal history,was charged with felony possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a firearm by certain persons. Her bond was set at $25,000.
Jackson was charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine. His bond was set at $100,000.
Anderson, who has a previous felony record, was charged with possession of controlled substances with the intent to deliver and tampering with physical evidence. His bond was set at $50,000.
The investigation has been ongoing for several weeks, officers said, and involved the distribution of methamphetamine and other drugs originating in the Gosnell/Blytheville area and being transported into Southeastern Missouri.
In addition to the cash, officers seized approximately 5 ounces of methamphetamine, 4.5 grams of crack cocaine, and a measurable quantity of marijuana. The seizure also included a 9 mm Smith and Wesson automatic pistol.
The investigation included more than 20 police officers and six law enforcement agencies.
Once the case is adjudicated, the drugs will be destroyed, the cash will be turned over to the two states' Drug Task Forces and the pickup truck will be auctioned. The money from the truck will be split among the participating law enforcement agencies, a spokesman said.
Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook praised the efforts of the officers involved, saying that they had worked many long hours gathering evidence and information to make these arrests and seize the cash, drugs, firearm and vehicle.
"They work weeks, sometimes months" on these investigations," Cook said. "Investigations are delicate issues. We have to handle it with kid gloves to avoid blowing the whole thing. The officers are working tirelessly to combat drugs, in addition to copper thieves and other thefts to support drug habits. I give (the officers) the utmost credit for their efforts."
As sheriff of only two months, Cook said he was happy with the results of the investigations thus far.
"I'm just thrilled to be a part of this and hopefully we'll have many more arrests of a similar nature in the future," he said.