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Suspected counterfeit operation busted up by former De Soto police chief

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Former De Soto police chief Rick Draper rejoined the police department February 5 as a detective. (Credit: KMOV) Former De Soto police chief Rick Draper rejoined the police department February 5 as a detective. (Credit: KMOV)
DE SOTO, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The former police chief of De Soto busted a suspected counterfeit operation during his first month as a detective.

Former De Soto Police Chief Rick Draper rejoined the police department on Feb. 5 as a detective after resigning in October. When he resigned, Draper cited low pay for police officers and later announced plans to run for city council.

After rejoining the department, Draper told News 4, “At the end of the day I missed police work.”

Draper also said he missed the satisfaction that comes from solving crimes. 

One of his first investigations after returning involved the passing of counterfeit money at the Ace Hardware store. Draper said he and the officers involved in the case were able to obtain enough evidence to get a search warrant.  

Draper said the search warrant was executed at a home on East 3rd Street Saturday morning, which lead to the discovery of items used for manufacturing counterfeit money. One suspect was arrested and later released pending application for warrants.

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