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Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group Announces State Task Force Officer of the Year


Jefferson City, MO, 02-08-23 - Wednesday morning, Colonel Eric T Olson, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recognized Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group Task Force Officer "Doe" as the State Task Force Officer of the Year.  Doe is a pseudonym for the Task Force Officer (TFO) as their identity must remain undisclosed due to the nature of their undercover work. The MSHP has five different multi-jurisdictional drug task forces operating in Missouri.  TFO Doe is a Camden County deputy assigned to LANEG.

In 2022 TFO Doe conducted 65 separate investigations which led to over 80 drug related arrests in the Lake Area.  In a two week period in July alone TFO Doe conducted ten search warrants which resulted in the seizure of over 500 fentanyl capsules, methamphetamine, and firearms.  TFO Doe arrested eight subjects during this time resulting in 24 different felony counts.

Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms, who serves as the head of the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group, said "The sheriff's office and numerous other agencies in the Lake Area rely on TFO Doe for consultation on a multitude of different cases in addition to narcotics investigations. Doe constantly volunteers to take on extra responsibilities within the task force, never hesitating to help a fellow officer.  We all depend on LANEG to help fight the constant influx of drugs into our area and we have had outstanding results over many years.  Doe and LANEG are part of our CCSO family."

TFO Doe conducts presentations and hosts training for law enforcement, civic organizations, junior cadet programs, and schools concerning trends and dangers associated with the consumption and sales of narcotics.