Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Kansas City Field Division
Special Agent Trista Frederick, PIO
For Immediate Release
May 31, 2013
Task Force Investigation Results in Asset Sharing
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A three year joint investigation resulted in the dismantling of a southwest Missouri methamphetamine trafficking organization and the sharing of seized assets among task force members.
Marino F. Vidoli, the special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division, today announced that the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and Hickory County Sheriff’s Department each received a portion of the seized assets from the investigation.
To date, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department received $60,175.88; the Hickory County Sheriff’s Department received $5,992.09; and the Kansas City Police Department received $30,087.94. Vidoli recently met with representatives of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Hickory County Sheriff’s Department to present them with a check symbolizing their share of the assets seized in the investigation. The assets were shared as a result of the Department of Justice’s Equitable Sharing Program.
In October 2008, the investigation into a drug trafficking organization in southwestern Missouri began. The investigation, which ended in August 2011, revealed the trafficking of methamphetamine to central Missouri, western Missouri, Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. As a result, six defendants have pleaded guilty to federal firearms and drug trafficking charges. In addition, methamphetamine, firearms, U.S. currency, vehicles and commercial property were seized. The case was investigated by the ATF-sponsored Joint Operation Law Enforcement Team (JOLT) Task Force, the Northwest Missouri Interagency Team Response Operation (NITRO) Task Force and the Kansas City Police Department.
The investigation was a first for the JOLT Task Force. JOLT is focused on proactively investigating violent criminals and organizations within the Missouri counties of Henry, Johnson, Pettis, Hickory and Benton. The task force utilizes a team concept to battle crime by using local and federal resources to achieve maximum impact. The agencies participating in JOLT are ATF, the sheriff’s departments of Henry, Johnson, Pettis, Hickory and Benton counties; and the police departments of Sedalia, Warrensburg and Warsaw.
JOLT began as a pilot program between ATF and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department in 2008. As a result of the program’s success, the remaining agencies officially joined the task force beginning in October 2010.
ATF is a law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice dedicated to preventing violent crime. More information on ATF and its programs and resources is at https://www.atf.gov.