Neighbors to meth bust say it's 'discomforting'

2 months 5 days 9 hours ago Friday, October 06 2017 Oct 6, 2017 Friday, October 06, 2017 3:21:00 PM UTC October 06, 2017 in News
By: Caroline Peterson, KOMU 8 Reporter; Monica Harkins, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter; Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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LAKE OZARK - Neighbors next to a home busted with meth less than 200 feet from an elementary school said it was a complete shock.

Steven Michael Little, a 42-year-old Lake Ozark man, was arrested and charged for distributing meth within 2,000 feet from the School of the Osage Heritage Elementary.

He is currently being held in Miller County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

Lake Ozark Police and the mid-Missouri Drug Task Force held a joint investigation and then executed a search warrant on a residence in the 1300 block of School Road in Lake Ozark late Wednesday night.

One neighbor said the house looks unsuspecting and they never looked twice.

“Cops drive down regularly, sometimes at least once a day,” said the neighbor.

Upon searching the residence, police uncovered drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, components used to manufacture methamphetamine and multiple items used in the distribution of controlled substances, as well as a meth lab.

Another neighbor said he started seeing people come and go late at night about three months ago.  

One parent, Carrie Case, whose child who attends Heritage Elementary school, said she isn’t worried.

“I don’t think this is a good representation of the school and this district,” Case said.

Osage Assistant Superintendent Brad Yoder said despite the close proximity, the kids were never in danger.

“Our kids are safe at all times. They don’t have access to that area and were never exposed,” Yoder said.

Yoder said he’s pleased with how Lake Ozarks Police Department handled the situation.

Police Chief Gary Launderville said this case isn’t a huge deal, but the distance to an elementary school added an extra precautionary element.

“I’m not going to say we’ve had any more of a drug issue there than in any other part of town,” Launderville said. “As mobile as society is today it can happen anywhere.”

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