With the aid of multiple law enforcement agencies from Phelps and Pulaski counties, authorities in Pulaski County served three search warrants just before the sun came up Thursday morning. During that time they discovered what officers believe is a large drug ring and stolen goods.
Six people have been charged following the search warrant. Only three names have been released as of noon Friday.
James Edward Rhodenizer, 53, of 723 E. Main St., Richland has been charged with manufacturing/delivering/distributing a controlled substance — a class B felony. The bond set on Rhodenizer was $250,000 and he remains in the Pulaski County Jail pending the posting of bond.
Michael J. Moore, 47, of 20480 Riverside Rd., Richland, is charged with receiving stolen property, a class C felony. His bond was set at $10,000 and he remains in the Pulaski County Jail pending the posting of bond.
James Wesley Moore Jr., 44, of 17655 Highway T, Richland has been charged with distributing/delivering.manufacturing a controlled substance, a class B felony and possession of an unlawful weapon, a class C felony. High bond was set at $100,000 and he remains in the Pulaski County Jail pending the posting of bond.
The names of the other three people arrested have not yet been released.
"I can't believe it went as smoothly as it did," Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King said. "It was totally not what I was expecting. We were dealing with people who are known to be violent and people who we thought had a lot of guns."
King said they found large numbers of guns at two of the three locations along with other items.
"We knew we were going to get a lot of weapons," King said, "and we knew were were going to get drugs, but we were surprised by the amount of drugs we found."
By mid-afternoon Thursday, officers were still checking all of the guns to see if they had been reported stolen.
Along with the drugs and guns, King said the officers confiscated $15,000 and many items believed to be stolen. To transport all of the potentially stolen goods, the department borrowed a delivery truck from a local furniture store.
The search warrants were served at a home on Riverside Road off of Route T, a home on Route T in the community of Swedborg and a home at 723 East Main St. in Richland.
Between law enforcement and support from Emergency Medical personnel and fire crews, nearly 50 people worked the operation.
King said it was critical to serve all three search warrants at the exact same time because officers believe the individuals at the homes were all working together.
Three area SWAT?teams responded including Rolla Police Department, Phelps County Sheriff's Department and Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.
Page 2 of 2 - An ambulance was also standing by near each home.
At the home on Route T, police say firefighters with the Crocker Fire Department were on scene to help open a safe, and found a pump that had been stolen off one of their trucks.
The investigation leading to the search warrants was conducted by the Waynesville Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.
The Richland Police Department also assisted in the service of the search warrants.
The investigation in these cases will continue and additional charges are expected to be filed in the future.