On 8/7/13 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 or about 6/29/2013 a Deputy stopped a vehicle leaving the O'Connor residence for a traffic violation. During the vehicle stop the Bates County K9 indicated on the vehicle for the presence of drugs. The vehicle was searched and approximately 138 Grams of Crystal Methamphetamine was located along with a firearm and small homemade explosive devices. The male was identified as Charles Paul Cooper, 45 year old, W/M from Springfield Missouri and was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.
On or about 7/14/2013 a Deputy stopped a vehicle believed to be coming from the O'Conner residence. A K9 was called to the vehicle stop and indicated on the vehicle for the presence of drugs. The vehicle was searched and approximately 4 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, 1.26 grams of Cocaine, 4 grams of marijuana was located along with a .25 caliber Pistol, paraphernalia and several homemade explosive devices. The subject identified as Dennis Leroy O'Connor, 46 year old, W/M from Lane Kansas was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety.
On 8/7/13, at approximately 8pm, 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 8/7/13 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.
One subject at the residence had a previous felony conviction for selling Marijuana to undercover agents of the CNET Drug Task Force in March of 2012. The subject identified as Jacob Patrick O'Connor, 23 year old W/M, of Adrian Missouri was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon. Bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety.
A second subject at the residence, Paula Lynnette O'Connor, 48 year old W/F, of Adrian Missouri was charged with Trafficking or attempted Trafficking of Methamphetamine, bond was set at $250,000 cash or surety.
Michael Alan O'Connor, 53 year old W/M, of Adrian Missouri has been charged with Trafficking or Attempted Trafficking of Methamphetamine and Distributing a Controlled Substance, bond was set at $425,000 cash or surety.
Sheriff Anderson stated, "I would like to thank those agencies like Cass County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their help in this case. I would also like to thank the citizens of Bates County for continuing to support the Office of Sheriff and reporting suspicious and drug activity. Arrest like these show that working together can move us forward as a united community in the fight against drugs."
If you have any information about this case or any other please contact the Bates County Sheriff's Office at 660-679-3232.