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Traffic Stop Leads to Guns, Drugs, and Stolen Property


A simple traffic stop Thursday morning turned into a multiple felony arrest after the seizure of drugs and guns. According to Vernon County Sheriff's Office officials, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on E. Molly Rd in rural Nevada, MO on Thursday morning. During the traffic stop, 29 year-old Dakota Herren was arrested on an active traffic warrant. Upon further investigation during the traffic stop, suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, two loaded handguns, and an illegally modified rifle were located in the vehicle. Sheriff's Office Detectives were then called in to conduct a follow up on the investigation. During the investigation, detectives recovered stolen property at a separate location. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said this was a good example of proactive patrol coordinating with investigations resulting in dangerous weapons and drugs being taken off of the streets of Vernon County. "Any time we can recover illegal drugs, guns, and recover stolen property, it's a good day." The stolen property is being returned to the owner.
On Thursday afternoon, the Courts issued an arrest warrant charging Herren with the following charges: Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony Unlawful Possession of an Illegal Weapon, Felony Unlawful Use of Weapon, as well as several traffic related charges.
Herren is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $10,000 cash only bond.