Long-term drug, gun investigation leads to bust at 2 Springfield convenience stores; at least 4 arrested

Federal, state, local agencies all involved in investigation

SPRINGFIELD — An investigation spanning at least six months involving federal, state, and local agencies led to a large bust of drugs and guns at two neighboring Springfield convenience stores, Clark County Sheriff Deborah Burchett told News Center 7 Wednesday.

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The investigation centered at a Sunoco gas station and Lo-Cost convenience store and the neighboring Fuel America and Mini Mart store on Selma Road near Oak Street in Springfield.

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“We decided today was the day that we were going to try to clean up the neighborhood, and get what we needed to get out of these businesses so that neighbors can live free and not have all the drugs and weapons going around,” Burchett said.

“It was time to shut it down.”

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Burchett said both drugs and guns were recovered during the investigation Wednesday and at least four people have been arrested. Their identities and potential charges were not released. Burchett added more arrests and charges are possible.

Charges are expected to reach the state and federal levels, with those agencies involved in the investigation, she said.

Burchett praised several other agencies and police departments that responded and helped during the bust Wednesday, which started around 2 p.m.

“It went perfect. It couldn’t have been any better,” she said.

Burchett said she was approached by several residents of the neighborhood who thanked her and the law enforcement agencies for their work today.

We’ll continue to update this story as details become available.


Jenna Lawson

I grew up in Springfield and I'm a big fan of all things Springfield, including Schuler's & the Clark County Fair. A career in journalism never really was a serious thought until the end of high school. You just have epiphanies sometimes, and that's the only way I can explain why I got into this line of work – but I'm happier for it!