Small Town, WTF
GERALD, Mo. — Like so many rural communities in the country’s
middle, this tiny town had wrestled for years with the woes of
methamphetamine. Then, several months ago, a federal agent showed up.
Busts began. Houses were
ransacked. People, in handcuffs on their front lawns, named names. To
some, like Mayor Otis Schulte, who considers the county around Gerald,
population 1,171, “a meth capital of the United States,” the drug
scourge seemed to be fading at last.
Those whose homes were
searched, though, grumbled about a peculiar change in what they
understood, from television mainly, to be the law.
They said the
agent, a man some had come to know as “Sergeant Bill,” boasted that he
did not need search warrants to enter their homes because he worked for
the federal government.
But after a reporter for the local
weekly newspaper made a few calls about that claim, Gerald’s anti-drug
campaign abruptly unraveled after less than five months. Sergeant Bill,
it turned out, was no federal agent, but Bill A. Jakob, an unemployed
former trucking company owner, a former security guard, a former
wedding-performing minister, a former small-town cop from 23 miles down
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