Narcotics Investigation

On December 31, at approximately 5:38 p.m. West Plains Police Officer Micah “Brent” McKemie conducted a traffic stop on the 3600 block of US Highway 63, as part of an ongoing narcotics trafficking investigation. 
As a result of the investigation Officer McKemie conducted a search of the vehicle, which was occupied by a lone male subject. Officer McKemie recovered approximately one-half pound (8 ounces) of a substance suspected to be methamphetamine, as well as over $2,000 in US Currency. 
Dennis Gates, 44, of Springfield, Missouri, was taken into custody at the scene. Gates was charged in Howell County Associate Court with Trafficking Drugs – 1st Degree. Gates posted $100,000 cash, or corporate surety bond and was released from custody. Gates has a history of drug trafficking charges out of multiple jurisdictions. 
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