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Updated: 4:34 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 | Posted: 2:53 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013

Crime Concerns Springfield

500 pounds of drugs, 30-plus guns found

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Three people were arrested Thursday night in Springfield after police and the Drug Enforcement Agency executed several search warrants. Authorities said more than $300,000 in cash, 500 pounds of marijuana and 36 guns including some assault rifles were confiscated when authorities executed seven search warrants. Three people were also arrested, according to court records.

By Andy Sedlak

Staff Writer

SPRINGFIELD —

A drug raid involving at least six law enforcement agencies netted nearly $300,000 in cash, an estimated 500 pounds of marijuana, more than 30 guns and the arrest of three Springfield men.

Springfield Police Capt. Mike Hill described the target of the raid as “a very well organized, very large operation,” though he said investigators haven’t connected it with any gang affiliation.

The Springfield police teamed up with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Tipp City police, the sheriff’s offices in Miami and Champaign counties and the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office to serve seven search warrants Thursday.

The three men charged are, according to court records:

• Mitchell E. Jenkins, 27, of 237 Rice St., with trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance, a fifth-degree felony.

• Brad Jenkins, 34, of 612 W. Euclid Ave., with possession of drugs, a second-degree felony, and having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony.

• Shawn Burgert, 26, of 314 Birch St., with possession of drugs, a second-degree felony.

All three men pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Friday.

Brad Jenkins allegedly claimed that the marijuana, guns and cash found at two West Euclid Avenue homes belong to him, according to court records.

Hill declined to identify where all of the warrants were served, but said six of the search warrants were served in the city and one was served in Clark County.

Court records obtained by the Springfield News-Sun show warrants were served on two addresses on West Euclid Avenue, as well as at the homes on Rice and Birch streets. The other locations where warrants were served haven’t been made public.

Police are characterizing some of the weapons seized as assault weapons. A large gun safe was reportedly found in the basement of the Euclid Avenue home, according to court records, and long guns, handguns and a silencer were allegedly found at the Rice Street address.

Children were also at two of the homes, according to court records.

The investigation has been going on for quite a while, Hill said.

“It’s a significant amount of marijuana, so it’s definitely put a cramp in somebody,” the captain said. “For how long or how much I can’t tell you.”

Hill said he couldn’t say whether any other arrests would be made in the multi-jurisdictional effort.

“If our investigation leads us that way, we’ll follow every lead we can to make sure we do what we can,” he said. “But right now, these are the three we’ve investigated and arrested in the last 24 hours.”

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