A St. Louis man was arrested on felony charges of manufacturing and producing a controlled substance in Ozark County. Twenty-five year old Zachary Pirtle was arrested after a Rockbridge resident, looking for a lost horse, stumbled across a marijuana and K2 drug cultivation and distribution operation in the woods on the Ozark-Douglas County line. The resident contacted the Douglas County Sheriff, Chris DeGase, and the state's drug task force. According to Ozark County Times, the raid by law enforcement uncovered what may be a drug dealing operation with sales in several states and foreign countries.
Earlier this week, officers obtained a search warrant and raided the area where officers found more than 60 marijuana plants growing with water running to all of them. Also discovered were two canvas huts where officers discovered several pounds of processed marijuana and K2. Officers also discovered a storage shed, stacked with boxes to be shipped through the mail. The packages had a return address at Rockbridge with a business name of Eternity in a Box.
A description of the man was taken and officers found a man fitting the description and later identified him as Pirtle. He was immediately arrested.
Officers later obtained 10 packages, mailed by the suspect at the Rockbridge Post Office, with addresses ranging from Florida, Pennsylvania, India and Peru. They are seeking federal search warrants to search the packages.
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