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Suspect in huge Franklin Co. drug bust released on bond

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Steven Maserang was arrested in Franklin County on May 5. He is accused of operating a large drug trafficking operation Steven Maserang was arrested in Franklin County on May 5. He is accused of operating a large drug trafficking operation
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man who police say was operating a very large narcotics trafficking operation was released from Franklin County Jail on bond.

Police said they arrested Steven Maserang on May 5, 2015 following a nine month investigation. 

The arrest led to the largest seizure of narcotics in Franklin County history.  Maserang was found to be in possession of roughly 5 ounces of Mexican crystal methamphetamine, $180,000 in cash, two firearms, one of which was equipped with a 50 round drum magazine, and assorted drug paraphernalia, police said in a media release. 

Later in the day as part of the investigation, officers seized seven pounds of crystal meth, one-half pound of raw heroin, one pound of marijuana two ounces of synthetic drugs, and numerous assorted prescription pills. Investigators also seized two vehicles which were used to transport the narcotics for distribution.

"The amount of narcotics being brought in on a semi-regular basis were larger than we'd ever seen before," Lt. Jason Grellner with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said.

Maserang's quick release on bail left some seeking answers.

"I've been arrested before, DWI, and they kept me in longer than that," said David Meyer, a Franklin County resident.

Maserang has no previous convictions, strong local ties, isn't a flight risk, and more charges are expected from federal prosecutors soon.

"This case will be handed over to the federal government which means that the state case will no longer be prosecuted," Grellner explained. "It'll be prosecuted at the federal level and then we'll see what the bond, if there is a bond is set at the federal level."

Despite the huge haul of drugs and arrest, Lt. Grellner said they're also looking at burglaries and robberies by drug addicts tied to this drug operation; the investigation has a long way to go.

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