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COLUMBIA — Two men were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance Wednesday afternoon at the Crossroads Shopping Center.

After receiving a suspicious activity report by a local hardware store Wednesday morning, Boone County Sheriff’s Department deputies followed a vehicle as it went to multiple retail stores in Columbia, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

The vehicle was stopped in the parking lot of Crossroads Shopping Center, where deputies arrested Joseph W. Turner of Sturgeon and Jonathon David Wadlow of Hallsville, according to the release.

A search of the vehicle revealed a complete and active methamphetamine lab. The lab was safely dismantled and processed by specially trained deputies.


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