Springfield police recovered meth, marijuana and a pair of guns from the home of a known Southwest Honkey gang member earlier this month, according to court documents.

Officials have previously said the gang is responsible for dealing meth across the state.

A search warrant says that police seized the drugs and guns from a home at 1441 W. Calhoun St. in Springfield on Dec. 11 after they received a tip from a confidential source that drugs were being sold out of the house.

One of the residents of the house, Calvin Jones, is a self-admitted member of the Southwest Honkey gang — a group known to sell meth in southwest Missouri — according to the search warrant.

The other residents of the house are Stephen Arata, Krystal Jones and Timothy Murray, the search warrant says. While all four residents have criminal records, none has been charged in relation to this investigation.

The search warrant says police conducted surveillance on the home after receiving the tip. An officer observed numerous people coming and going from the residence, which is a possible sign of illegal drug sales, and the residence was equipped with a motion light and a surveillance camera, the search warrant says.

Police followed a pickup truck after it stopped at the residence and one of its occupants went inside the house for less than two minutes before driving away, the search warrant says.

An officer stopped the truck for having a defective license plate lamp and then received consent to search the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle and its occupants, police recovered syringes and a baggie of meth, according to the search warrant.

Police served a “no knock” warrant two days after the traffic stop and recovered a .22-caliber rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, ammunition, pills, marijuana, meth, baggies, a scale and numerous pipes, according to the search warrant.

Springfield police recovered guns and meth from the home of three other Southwest Honkey gang members in February, and another member of the gang was arrested for leading police on a car chase with two children in his car in August, according to court documents.

Authorities said in March that Joplin police, in particular, have been following the Southwest Honkey gang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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