Pulaski County, MO (KSDK) - Early Thursday morning officers with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office and Waynesville City Police Department drug task force executed three search warrants at three separate locations in Pulaski County, Missouri.
The search involved 45 deputies, city officers, and other EMS personnel. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office SWAT team, the Rolla Police SWAT team, the Phelps County Sheriff's Office SWAT team, and officers from Richland City Police also assisted in the search for a criminal enterprise.
One warrant was executed at a location on Riverside Drive off of Route t. Half an ounce of methamphetamine, five pounds of high-grade marijuana buds, scales, pills, and a stolen rifle were recovered.
Firefighters with the Crocker Fire Department responded to the scene to open a safe, and identified a pump found in the building as a pump that had been stolen off of their fire truck at the Hawkeye Fire Station several weeks ago.
At the second location, parts of an old methamphetamine lab, precursor chemicals to make meth, and a fully automatic firearm were recovered. There are several other firearms that are still being investigated.
The third location was in the 700 block of East Main Street in Richland, Missouri. Between four and six ounces of methamphetamine, two to three pounds of high-grade marijuana buds, and hundreds of drug paraphernalia items were recovered, along with $15,000 in cash.
A number of suspects were taken into custody and brought to the Pulaski County Jail. Three of those suspects have been charged.
James Edward Rhodenizer, 53, of Richland, was charged with manufacturing/delivering/distributing a controlled substance. His bond is set at $250,000 and he remains at the Pulaski County Jail pending the posting of his bond.
Michael J. Moore, 47, of Richland, was charged with receiving stolen property. His bond is set at $10,000 and remains at the Pulaski County Jail pending the posting of his bond.
James Wesley Moore Jr., 44, of Richland, was charged with distributing/delivering/manufacturing a controlled substance, and one count of possession of an unlawful weapon. His bond is set at $1000,000 and remains at the Pulaski County Jail pending the posting of bond.
Additional charges are expected to be filed.