“Operation Spiked”

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By BATES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

On August 7, 2013 the Bates County Sheriff’s Office and the CNET Drug Task Force concluded a Narcotics investigation dubbed “Operation Spiked”. Operation Spiked started approximately a year ago with multiple tips to the Sheriff’s Office in reference to possible stolen vehicles and drugs in rural Adrian. The investigation centered around the residence of Michael (Spike) and Paula O’Connor at RR 2 Box 324 Adrian, Missouri. During the last year the CNET Drug Task Force began making purchases of illegal drugs from the residence along with heavy patrols.

On August 7, 2013, at approximately 8 pm, a Deputy stopped Michael O’Connor and another subject in a vehicle just off AA Highway. O’Connor was operating a vehicle that was identified earlier in the investigation as a vehicle that possibly was stolen out of Buffalo, Missouri. The tags on the vehicle checked back to a 1992 Chevrolet to O’Connor. The vehicles window VIN matched that of the registration on the tags. The confidential VIN showed that the vehicle was stolen out of Buffalo, Missouri is really a 1998 Chevrolet. O’Connor and the male subject was arrested and taken to the Bates County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 11:00 pm on August 7 the Bates County Sheriff’s SERT Team, the Cass County Sheriff’s SWAT Team along with members of the CNET Drug Task Force and the Missouri State Highway Patrol executed a search warrant on the residence of Michael and Paula O’Connor. Four subjects were taken into custody at the residence without incident. During a search of the residence and shop the Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 80 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 5 grams of cocaine, 7 cultivated marijuana plants, 37 rifles and handguns, 7 vehicles that came back either stolen or had altered vehicle identification numbers, 5 motorcycles that had no vehicle identification numbers or altered numbers.

If you have any information about this case or any other please contact the Bates County Sheriff’s Office at 660-679-3232

See the August 15 issue of The Adrian Journal for the full story and more photos