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June 20, 2013

K-9 Unit Helps Make Meth Bust Near Gorin

An Arbela couple is facing felony drug charges after the Missouri State Highway Patrol canine unit identified drugs in their car following a routine traffic stop.

According to the Scotland County Sheriff's Office, Dustin L. Monroe, 39 of Arbela, and his wife, 36-year-old Tacey L. Monroe were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

At 1:50 p.m., a sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop of a 1992 Red Oldsmobile Bravada four miles north of Gorin at the Intersection of Route A and Route E.

Dustin Monroe was ticketed for failing to display valid plates on a motor vehicle. The Missouri Highway Patrol K-9 unit was in Scotland County to participate in the Kid's Safety Day events, and was readily available to assist at the traffic stop. The MSHP K-9 alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed what was believed to be meth as well as several precursors used to manufacture the illegal drug.

The couple was taken into custody at that time.

At 6:40 p.m. a search warrant was executed at the Monroe's rural Arbela home. During the search, officers seized several items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Dustin Monroe has been charged with the class C felony of possession of meth and a class D felony of possession of meth precursors. He is being held in the Scotland County Jail on $25,000 cash only bond. his wife faces similar charges in being held in the Clark County Detention Center on the same bond amount. Additional charges are pending from the home search and seizure.

The Sheriff's office was assisted in the investigation by the Highway Patrol, the Memphis Police Department and the North Missouri Drug Task Force.

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