Suspected Russellville meth trafficker identified

Even with $82,000 worth of methamphetamine taken off the streets of mid-Missouri, the community of Russellville is leery after Cole County's largest meth bust in eight years.

"I'm wowed. This is a small rural town where everybody knows everybody," said Stephanie Kirchner. "This is the kind of place where you're safe, your kids are safe and you don't have to worry about anything."

"Finding out that it was right in my backdoor is scary," Kirchner said.

On Thursday night, multiple law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at 13006 Minnie Drive, resulting in the seizure of 632 grams of crystal meth.

The Cole County Sheriff's Department, in conjunction with the ATF and MUSTANG drug task force, also seized numerous weapons, three vehicles, and over $15,000 in cash.

According to the Sheriff's Department, the meth has a street value of $82,000.

"It's a huge bust," said Captain John Wheeler. "For any department it would be a huge bust. Our guys worked hard. We had some tips, then there was just some good hard investigations from some of our guys."

According to CaseNet, the man taken into custody is Emmanuel Guillen.

Guillen is facing a second-degree drug trafficking charge. He is also facing a weapons charge and a charge of receiving stolen goods.

Residents on Minnie Drive said they wish Russellville had a full time police officer to watch over the community so that their quiet streets would not offer an opportunity for criminal activity.