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Meth seizure called biggest in Sedalia

May 10, 2013

After a yearlong investigation, Sedalia Police Department officers arrested a Sedalia man after finding a pound of meth in his home.


Officers are seeking charges of drug trafficking, delivery of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child against Angel Cardanas, 23.


According to reports, at 5 a.m. Thursday, officers with the SPD’s STING Unit served a search warrant at a residence in the 600 block of South Osage Avenue. The search found meth, approximately $18,500 in cash, a handgun, baggies and digital scales.


“During the search, we found just shy of a pound of meth with a street value of about $17,000 or $18,000,” said SPD Det. David Smith. “This is definitely the biggest meth seizure we’ve made in Sedalia.”


According to Smith, extra officers from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol, as well as the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, were called in to join the search of the house due to the size of the property.


“There were between 10 and 12 other people living in the house, including four children who were under the age of 5, and a few elementary school-aged kids,” Smith said.


The search was the result of months of investigation, speaking to informants to tracking down leads, Smith added.


And with the amount of money and drugs seized, there’s a “good chance this will be turned into a federal investigation.”


Smith also noted Cardanas is in the country illegally.


SPD Chief John DeGonia credited the STING Unit’s dedication and hard work for the bust.


“The search warrant and arrest is just the end result of hundreds of hours of surveillance and interviews,” DeGonia said. “We’re very proud of the work that has been done, and is being done, to take meth off our streets.”