New Tip Line Leads to Arrests in Macon

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MACON - The Macon Police Department celebrated the success of it's new citizen tip line Thursday.

Macon Police, along with the Macon County Sheriff's Department and North Missouri Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at a home Wednesday evening. Fifteen officers entered the home and made contact with four adults and three children.

Officers arrested a 35-year-old man on charges of marijuana possession, intent to distribute, possession of prohibited weapons, as well as endangering the welfare of a child. They also arrested a 24-year-old man on charges of marijuana possession and violation of bond. Officers seized the marijuana at the scene. Police turned both offenders over to the Macon County Jail, pending formal charges.

Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger said the department's recently implemented TIPS hotline helped propel the investigation. The new tip line opened in June, and has given citizens another channel to give information that may help police. Olinger said the tip line helps solve the problem of witnesses who don't want to get involved with investigations.

"They want to tell you information, but they don't necessarily always want to be involved," Olinger said. "And this is a way for, just another avenue for citizens to feel comfortable to give us that information."

Olinger hopes the success they've had with the tip line will encourage more citizens to call.