Neighbors suspected something illegal was going on at 808 Center St. in Hannibal. Thursday afternoon those suspicions were confirmed when the police department’s Special Response Team paid a visit at the residence to execute a drug search warrant.


Neighbors suspected something illegal was going on at 808 Center St. in Hannibal. Thursday afternoon those suspicions were confirmed when the police department’s Special Response Team paid a visit at the residence to execute a drug search warrant.
Are you surprised?
“No,” replied one neighbor who was watching the action from the front entrance to her home.
With a smile she added, “It’s about time.”
HPD Chief Lyndell Davis said the operation was “textbook.”
“Afterwards I went around and talked to some of the neighbors. We got a lot of positive comments and they even commented to me on how well it looked like everything went,” he said.
Three adults - two males and a female - were taken into custody when the team executed the search warrant at approximately 3:20 p.m. The female was confronted by the heavily armed response team on the exterior of the residence. The two men were taken into custody inside the structure.
“I can confirm we made three arrests. Whether or not we charge all three depends on what we develop from the investigation. We’re still investigating” said Davis late Thursday afternoon. “I can confirm we seized a sizable amount of controlled substance in the residence.”
The search warrant was sought following an investigation conducted by one of the department’s narcotics detectives, according to Davis.
“I expressed to some of the neighbors that what you saw (Thursday afternoon) represents a lot of work. It’s not something we’ve thrown together in an afternoon; it takes a lot of planning and investigation to get you to that point,” he said. “The officers did a great job and I couldn’t be any more happier with the outcome. Nobody got hurt, we were able to effect a search and make the arrests, there was no harm to the public or officers, and only a minor interruption in the flow of traffic.”
Deciding to serve the warrant in the middle of the afternoon came after a number of variables were factored in.
“We let the situation dictate to us what is the best course of action. Sometimes it’s determined on the sleep patterns of the individual, how often they frequent the residence or location. Sometimes we factor in tactical situations. If we feel somebody may be armed, or maybe a flight risk, or if there may be several people there,” said Davis. “There is no cookie-cutter answer on when we’re going to hit. We provide 24-hour service. We may hit at 2 o’clock in the morning or 2 o’clock in the afternoon.”

Thursday marked the first use of the department’s new tactical van, which only arrived in Hannibal a week or so ago after being equipped with a running board and handrail to allow officers to safely ride on the exterior of the vehicle.
“The officers were just raving over it,” said Davis. “We’re very fortunate to have something like that.”