GREENFIELD, Mo. -- Dade County sheriff's deputies picked up one of the people who they say was involved in a massive drug and theft ring that criss-crosses the state. The sheriff said another man, believed to be the ring leader, is still on the run.
Investigators spent Wednesday in their third day of sorting through tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen property. Sheriff Steven Stapp said the man, who owns the rural 40-acre property near Greenfield, stashed stolen construction tools, farm equipment, and even vehicles on his property.
"To make it as simple as I can, it's just a thief's way of getting dope," said Stapp.
Stapp said his team recovered items stolen from homes, businesses, and storage units. He said the thieves pawned as much as they could.
"They can trade those for methamphetamine or whatever their drug of choice is," Stapp said.
The sheriff said deputies picked up Charles Paquin on drug charges. The sheriff said Paquin was a caretaker, of sorts, for the property where the stolen merchandise was found.
"This was the dead giveaway tire right here, because it was specially ordered for a 1966 Nova," said business owner Tom Clair, who deputies said is one of the victims.