Police Department

Motel Sweeps Net Large Number of Arrests


Independence Police Department

223 N. Memorial Drive

Independence, MO 64050-3013

Public Information Office

Officer Tom Gentry

(816) 325-7258


News Release


For immediate release: August 26, 2015


Motel Sweeps Net Large Number of Arrests


On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, search warrants were served on the Budget Inn Motel, 9900 E. U.S. 40 Hwy, Independence, MO, and the Sports Stadium Inn Motel, 9803 E. U.S. 40 Hwy, Independence, MO, Resulting in the arrests of 25 people and the closure of the Budget Inn Motel for miscellaneous code violations.


The warrants were obtained after having received several complaints of criminal activity at the motels. Additionally, the Independence Police Department had responded to approximately 300 calls per motel since January of this year.


As a result of court ordered arrest warrants and “knock and talks” activity results yielded:

  • 52 warrants
  • 3 felony drug arrests
  • 12 misdemeanor drug arrests
  • 1 misdemeanor arrest for false information
  • 8 female arrests and 17 male arrests


The agencies participating in the “sweeps” were: the Jackson County Drug Task Force the Independence Police Department; the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Drug Abatement Response Team (DART); the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department; the Sugar Creek Police Department; the Independence Health Department, Independence Codes Department, and the Independence Fire Department.