Clay County's early morning sweep corrals many wanted on drug warrants

Teams of police and other Clay County law enforcement officers went knocking on doors early today, arresting persons wanted on outstanding drug warrants.

“Operation: Twilight” is the culmination of a six-month undercover operation conducted by the Clay County Drug Task Force. Authorities spent early Friday rounding up persons wanted on outstanding drug warrants.

Indictments recently were handed up on people accused of possession and distributing illegal drugs throughout the county, said Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White.

After a 4 a.m. briefing, about 40 officers divided into teams of two and fanned out across Clay County to try to find 17 people with outstanding drug warrants.

Shortly after 5 a.m., one of the teams -- two sheriff's deputies and two Gladstone officers -- was at a residence in the 7200 block of North Euclid Court in Gladstone.

The cases were generated from a series of undercover drug buys. Some of those suspected of drug dealing were interconnected, but most were individual dealers, White said.

In recent years, the arrest sweeps were conducted early Halloween but this year, authorities wanted to surprise criminals a head fake and show up a week early.

Clay County Sheriff Bob Boydston said they wanted to use the element of surprise to rouse the suspected drug dealers from their beds.

"The drug situation here is not getting better, and we must not get complacent," Sheriff Bob Boydston said.