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On Friday, February 07, 2020 Livingston County Sheriff's Office K-9 Team had a very busy day! Deputy Leadbetter and K-9 Zaki were called in prior to their normal shift to help the Chillicothe Police on a vehicle stop near the 1000 block of Graves Street. Zaki alerted to the odor of drug(s) being present and search of a vehicle resulted in seizure of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and the officers also recovered stolen property. CPD made 3 felony arrests and additional details can be obtained from the CPD.
About 4:55 p.m. Deputy Leadbetter conducted a traffic stop in the southern part of Chillicothe and that stop turned into showing evidence of other crime(s) taking place. Zaki alerted to the odor of drug(s) coming from the vehicle. Officers seized methamphetamine, Fentanyl, drug distribution equipment, drug paraphernalia, $421 cash and 9mm ammunition. Officers noted finding two secretive "hides" inside the vehicle. LCSO arrested Camerron Allen Carmack, 22, Chillicothe for alleged Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance-Fentanyl, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Carmack was processed at the LCSO and released pending formal charges being filed. A passenger in the vehicle was on probation/parole for a felony drug violation. Information was shared with the probation/parole office. Additional investigation continues.
About 8:12 p.m. our K-9 Team was summoned to the area of Washington and 2nd Streets to assist the Missouri State Highway Patrol on a traffic stop which had turned into an investigation of other criminal activity. Zaki alerted to the presence of drug odor(s) coming from the vehicle and subsequent search resulted in the seizure of a large amount of methamphetamine, distribution equipment and counterfeit $100 dollar bills. MSHP made two custodial arrests. See MSHP for additional details. Deputy Leadbetter noted that the odor of methamphetamine must have been overwhelming for Zaki as the K-9 was extremely excited on this free-air sniff.
A short while later our K-9 Team was summoned to assist law enforcement in Grundy County on a vehicle stop which turned into an investigation of other criminal activity. Zaki and Deputy Leadbetter assisted those officers and items seized included 2 firearms and at least one convicted felon was present. Deputy Leadbetter remained in Grundy County for a short while to further assist their agency on another criminal investigation.
On the early morning of February 08 about 1:00 a.m. a LCSO deputy summoned our K-9 Team as the deputy had a driver who was being difficult and suspected that person was intoxicated on both alcohol and drug(s). Zaki did not alert to the presence of drug odor(s) on a free-air sniff. The driver indicated he had been smoking a controlled substance recently at another location.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office is committed to working, investigating and assisting area law enforcement agencies with all types of criminal violations. Our goals include identifying and stopping illegal drug sales, drug trafficking and sales/distribution as this also identifies and helps reduce many other crimes ranging from thefts and burglaries to assaults and even sex offenses.
If you have information on these or any other crimes please call us at 660-646-0515, dispatch and/or Chillicothe Police at 660-646-2121 or submit a non-urgent Crime TIP through our website at www.livcoso.org.
Sheriff Steve Cox
Reminder that all persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a Court of law. An arrest and/or arrest warrant is merely an allegation and nothing more.