ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - A group is working underground in St. Charles to find drug traffickers.
The county is becoming the thoroughfare for traffickers to go east on Interstates 64 and 70.
An O'Fallon officer caught two traffickers red-handed last weekend. They'd stashed marijuana in chairs, sofas and ottomans inside a rental truck. They'd come from Vegas and Phoenix. They were headed to Cleveland.
"The drugs don't go for the same price out west as they used to when it was illegal. So far, that's the reason the traffickers have to move further east where they are still illegal," said St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar. "We're the last suburban outpost before you get out state, so that's why we see an increase here."
He couldn't say how much of an increase he's seeing. He doesn't know how many loads officers miss.
Local cops are getting better at seeing the clues, asking the questions and arresting the traffickers. It's the undercover officers in the St. Charles County Regional Drug Task Force who are doing the most dangerous work.
"These are the guys on the ground, they are in the underworld, the seedy underworld of the local drug trade. These are the guys who are fighting the battles against the distribution and drugs in this community." he said.
The officers are looking for mules. They are the middle men. Their bosses are the Mexican Drug Cartels.
"There are ongoing investigations involving out of state, out of country cartels," Lohmar said.
The investigations could lead officers to bigger loads of drugs and more cases in the courts.