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Published January 3, 2024

Joint investigation leads to drug arrest

MILLER COUNTY – Two people have been arrested in a joint investigation and charged with drug trafficking according to information released last week.

At approximately 4:41 p.m. on December 12, a long-term investigation conducted by the MUSTANG and Mid-Missouri Drug Task Forces was concluded during a traffic stop on South Aurora in the city limits of Eldon. The Eldon Police Department also assisted with the stop.

The vehicle was pulled over due to a defective brake light and was also part of a long-term drug investigation.

The officer was informed by other law enforcement that they believed the driver may be in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine and had a lengthy history of resisting arrest.

During the stop, Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force K9 “Tina” was deployed and alerted to the odor of narcotics within the vehicle.

According to the Probable Cause Statement, the alleged drugs were discovered in the trunk area.

“While searching the trunk area, I noticed on the left-hand side (the inside portion about the left rear wheel well that the carpet appeared to have previously been manipulated. I pulled the carpet back and discovered a plastic baggy and a blue grocery sack. Inside the blue grocery sack was a large baggy containing a white crystal substance consistent in appearance with methamphetamine. The other baggy also contained a white crystal substance. Both baggies field-tested positive as methamphetamine using a thermo-scientific narcotics analyzer. The total weight of both baggies was approximately 385 grams, which is well in excess of the statutory amount. I also know this amount of methamphetamine is consistent with subjects distributing the substance, not simply using the substance.”

Both the driver and occupant in the vehicle were placed on 24-hour holds at the Miller County Jail.

The next day, the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed the following criminal charges:

Kurt Pavitt, 46, of Jefferson City, MO and Bruce Dudenhoeffer, 44, of Holts Summit, MO, were charged with Trafficking Drugs 2nd Degree and given a $50,000 bond

“This was an outstanding example of members of various agencies working well together to remove a large quantity of dangerous drugs that was set to be spread throughout multiple communities,” a police spokesman said.

The charges are merely accusations and both suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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