— Larry Tinker, 57, 111 Meadow Brook Drive, Erwin, was charged with sale of a schedule II drug, initiation of methamphetamine manufacture and child abuse/neglect.
— Anthony Maupin, 37, 126 Connie Lane, Erwin, was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, child abuse/neglect and sale of a schedule III drug.
— Charles J. Court, 43, 183 Spar Mill Road, Erwin, was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture and child abuse/neglect.
— Rachel F. Honeycutt, 27, 319 Crosswhite Lane, was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, child abuse/neglect and maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used or sold.
— Veronica Foster, 33, 6842 Linville Falls Highway, Newland, N.C., was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture and child abuse/neglect.
UCSD Chief Deputy Frank Rogers said Monday that investigators with the sheriff’s department had initiated an investigation in January into drugs being sold from a residence at 319 Crosswhite Lane. Since that time, investigators had conducted undercover operations in which drugs were purchased from the residence, Rogers said.
Rogers said that on Sunday, Unicoi County 911 received an anonymous tip from a caller who said they saw individuals entering the Crosswhite Lane residence carrying chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The caller also reported those at the residence has placed an exhaust fan in a window of the residence, which Rogers said is indicative of the methamphetamine manufacture process as the fan is used to expel odors and toxic gases from the home.
According to Rogers, officials held warrants for multiple individuals known to reside or stay at the residence, and that the anonymous caller also reported a small child was present at the residence.
Officials moved in to serve the warrants and, after receiving consent to search the residence from Honeycutt, the home’s owner, found chemicals and apparatuses used in the methamphetamine manufacture process, including a mixture of chemicals already combined to initiate the manufacture process, Rogers said. He also said certified clandestine drug technicians at the scene detected the smell of chemicals and lithium consistent with the manufacture process.
Rogers said two children, ages 8 and 2, were also found inside. He said the children were taken to Unicoi County Memorial Hospital for decontamination due to chemical exposure. Rogers said the Department of Children Services will be responsible for the children’s placement.
The UCSD led the investigation and was assisted by the Erwin Police Department, the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
All five of the arrested appeared in Unicoi County Sessions Court on Monday. Tinker, Maupin and Court had corporate bonds set at $75,000. Corporate bonds of $30,000 were set for Honeycutt and Foster. All five are scheduled to again appear in Sessions Court on Thursday.
Three ‘Smurfs’ Arrested on Friday in Relation to Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Found in VilasPosted: February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
On Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, Officers from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office arrested three individuals associated with the clandestine methamphetamine laboratory found at 1297 NC-194 North in Vilas on Jan. 24, 2013.
Casey Ward, 25, and Lindsey Miller, 20, both of 1656 Meat Camp Road and Heather Nelson, 20, of 3296 Meat Camp Road, were arrested for their participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine. All three suspects are accused of supplying items needed to manufacture methamphetamine to Kevin Baird, of 1297 NC-194 Vilas. Ward and Miller were given a 25,000.00 bond and Nelson was given a $10,000 bond. All three suspects have a March 23, 2013 court date.
During the course of the investigation all three suspects were identified as “smurfs.” “Smurfs,” from law enforcement’s prospective, are individuals that go from store to store buying the maximum legal amount of pseudoephedrine products with the intent of distributing these products to be used in the production of methamphetamine.
ALTA, Iowa | Two men are accused of operating a meth lab in an Alta, Iowa, home.
Dylan Gustafson, 20, of Alta, and Damien Fischer, 20, of Storm Lake, Iowa, face felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, and possession of a precursor.
The arrests were the result of an investigation by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office and Storm Lake Police Department into meth manufacturing in the region.
Police found evidence of a meth lab while serving a search warrant at Gustafson’s house in the 100 block of North Main Street about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, officials said in a statement. Methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia also were found, police said.
Police later found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and byproducts from the manufacture of methamphetamine in Fischer’s house in the 100 block of East 10th Street, police said.
MASON CITY — Five Mason City residents are facing federal drug charges involving the distribution of methamphetamine.
Corey Gardner, 32, Amanda Eldridge, 33, Stephen Collins, 26, Chad Seger, 35, and Slade Smith, 39, have each been charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Gardner and Seger have also been charged with distribution of methamphetamine.
Eldridge and Collins have also been charged with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and Collins has been charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The charges are contained in an indictment unsealed on Feb. 1 in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.
The indictment alleges that around Nov. 20, 2011, and continuing through to the present, the defendants were involved in conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, distributing methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime.
Gardner was previously convicted of a felony drug offense in April 2006, in Cerro Gordo County.
If convicted on all charges, Eldridge, Collins, Seger and Smith face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of life in prison, a $10 million fine, and five years up to life of supervised release after any imprisonment.
Gardner faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a possible sentence of life imprisonment, a $20 million fine and 10 years to life of supervised release after any imprisonment.
Collins also faces a five-year consecutive sentence on the gun count, a fine of up to $250,000 and five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.
Gardner, Eldridge, Collins, Seger and Smith appeared on Feb. 1 in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Eldridge was held without bond and Gardner, Collins, Seger and Smith were held without bond pending a detention hearing on Feb. 6.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and was investigated by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department, Mason City Police Department and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Your family could be suffering the after effects of methamphetamine use and not even know. Homes used as meth labs can be rented out to others without being decontaminated and there are gaps in state law helping to create the danger.
In Jefferson County, 72 homes where methamphetamine contamination has not been cleaned up, many with people living inside.
Five days after police arrested a man for cooking meth in a home on South Shelby Street, an 80-year-old woman was still living inside.
The woman said “yeah” when asked if it was safe to be living in there, but there is a bright orange sign on her door says otherwise. It’s a notice of methamphetamine contamination posted by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. It warns “hazardous chemicals and residual contamination may pose a serious health threat to those that enter.”
But the senior citizen, afraid to come outside, said she has no choice but to remain in this toxic den. A relative secretly built the meth lab in her front room and now she has no where else to go.
Connie Mendel, Louisville Metro’s environmental health administrator, said toxins left over from a meth lab can cause breathing problems and burns and are especially dangerous for children.
“To make meth at home takes a lot of different chemicals,” Mendel said. “So just the residue itself can be a hazard to small children and infants.”
Mendel said the effects can be the same as methamphetamine use in a grown adult.
“I mean it’s an illegal drug,” Mendel said. “We’ve had cases where children have actually ingested meth as part of a lab and died.”
There were multiple meth contamination notices at the home of this former meth lab in Highview, but the warnings, are often ignored.
In Jefferson County there are a number of homes where meth was allegedly cooked and people continued to live there.
The state of Kentucky said only a third of all meth contaminated properties in Kentucky are properly cleaned up and returned to safe habitable conditions. And there is no law that actually forces a property owner to decontaminate a home where someone has been cooking meth.
“Do I think they should require clean up?” Mendel said. “Yeah, I would love for there to be a state law that requires clean up for meth contaminated properties.”
There are laws that require methamphetamine contamination notices remain posted until the owner hires a certified contractor to decontaminate. If they don’t, it’s a felony to sell or rerent the property without disclosing the risk. But on several homes, meth contaminations notices had been ripped down despite the fact those homes had not been properly decontaminated.
And even where signs remained, the people inside were often unconvinced of the threat.
It costs between $3,000 and $5,000 to hire a certified contractor to de-contaminate a meth home. Some property owners, said they simply can’t afford that.
To make sure you are not moving into a meth home, contact your county’s Health Department or the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet at (502) 564-6716 to check the data base of homes where contamination notices have been posted. To ensure that a proper clean up has been done, you can purchase the same meth check kit used by state and local investigators by clicking here.
HOULTON, Maine — Two more men were arrested and charged with drug offenses in connection with a methamphetamine lab allegedly uncovered at a Military Street apartment house on Jan. 30.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announced the arrests of John Belyea, 29, of Hodgdon, and Randolph Tapley, 30, of Houlton, on Monday.
Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said that Tapley was arrested on Jan. 30 and Belyea was apprehended the next day. Tapley was charged with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine. Belyea was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and violation of probation.
Crandall said Monday that the specific details of their individual involvement in the criminal activity would not be released at this time.
Belyea remains at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton, while Tapley is free on bail.
On Jan. 30, the MDEA’s lab team executed a search warrant at the apartment at 60 Military St. following reports of criminal drug activity and strong chemical odors. Agents arrived to interview Jammie Dickinson, 27, of Houlton, and Kyle Stewart, 25, of Houlton and found a toddler living there. Police evacuated the apartment building and secured a search warrant.
Members of the MDEA’s lab team entered the apartment and agents seized chemicals, solvents, equipment and other materials used to make methamphetamine. Agents also seized strips of lithium metal, a highly flammable component of methamphetamine, that were hidden inside a child’s shirt near where the child sleeps.
Stewart and Dickinson were arrested, as was Crystal Dehahn, 26, of Hodgdon. All three were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, a class B crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. All three also were charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, a class D crime punishable by no more than 1 year in prison and up to a $2,000 fine.
Marc Gersen was arrested in a sting operation after police uncovered his double life running meth drug ring. Gersen, 31, pled guilty and was sentenced to four years.
A high-flying law student with aspirations to serve in public office was secretly a drug dealer and addict who raked in more than $100,000 in profits.
Georgetown Law student Marc Gersen, 31, will now spend the next four years behind bars after his secret double life was exposed.
Marc Gersen pled guilty to selling methamphetamine and being part of a three man drug ring that operated coast-to-coast.
A federal court in Washington. D.C. heard last week how Gersen managed to operate at law school while also as a functioning drug dealer and addict.
He pled guilty to selling vast quantities of methamphetamine and being part of a three man drug ring that operated coast-to-coast, the Washington Post reports.
Gersen was arrested in a sting operation at a boutique hotel in December 2011, when police discovered 500 grams of methamphetamine that he was dealing alongside his colleagues.
The court heard how, on one side, Gersen, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, was a “socially conscious and brilliant student who was Phi Beta Kappa at Georgetown.” But at the same time he was “deeply involved in drug dealing.” He has since handed over his profits to the federal government as part of his punishment.
The Otoe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Nebraska City couple Saturday evening for suspicion of delivery of methamphetamine and marijuana after executing a search warrant at their apartment.
Deputies and police officers searched the residence on the 1700 block of Fourth Corso with a no-knock warrant and arrested Michael Housh, 22, and Mikayla Grant, 28, for possession with intent to deliver.
Chief Deputy Mike Holland said an investigation by Deputy James Parson resulted in a search warrant for the residence.
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (NEWS CENTER 23) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge discover methamphetamine valued at approximately $135,000 hidden within a Honda Accord.
On Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Gateway International Bridge CBP officers encountered a white Honda Accord being driven by a 22-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A primary CBP officer referred the Honda and its driver for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered four packages hidden within the vehicle’s dash area. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 4.06 kilograms (9 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine.
The alleged methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $135,000. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
“Whether the load is large or small our CBP officers will do everything in their power to stop these alleged attempts to smuggle drugs into the country. Brownsville’s CBP officers continue their efforts to intercept these narcotics before they reach our country’s streets. I applaud our officers for this seizure and arrest,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
LAWTON, Oklahoma — Authorities in Lawton say they’ve disrupted a major methamphetamine network and made more than a dozen arrests.
The raid took place before dawn on Friday and, by the time it was over, officers from several agencies had 13 people in custody.
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Director Darrell Weaver said large quantities of methamphetamine had been moving through the network.
Authorities raided a Lawton business, and Weaver said high-volume meth dealers will have a legitimate business that they use to launder money.
Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley told Lawton television KSWO (http://is.gd/YQ7DuV ) that area homicides, robberies and burglaries stem from meth addiction.
Officials didn’t describe any materials that were seized.
Sheriff’s deputies found packaged methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at the home of Jurupa Valley probationer and arrested him, a sergeant said today.
Deputies went to a home Friday night in the 7400 block of Candlelight Drive to see if Edward St. Andrews was complying with the terms of his court-ordered probation, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Andrew Elia said.
But deputies found what Elia said was a “significant amount” of the illegal drug and paraphernalia.
St. Andrews, 39, was arrested for a number of alleged offenses that included possession of a controlled substance for sales and committing a felony while out on bail, Elia said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Postal inspectors intercepted a large package of methamphetamine.
The Anchorage Daily News (http://is.gd/i2K45A) reported Sunday that the package contained more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine that was sent from Visalia, California
Court documents say that the highly-addictive drug was found inside papayas. The fruit was cut in half and the drugs packed inside vacuum-sealed bags.
Law enforcement replaced the meth with fake drugs and monitored the package, which was equipped with an alert device when it was opened. The package was delivered to an Anchorage home and then taken to a second location.
Police arrested 25-year-old San Saechao and charged him Thursday with possession of drugs with intent to distribute.
Police say they also found nearly $8,500 in cash, two handguns and a cash-counting machine.
The Porterville Police department arrested a man for possession of methamphetamine for sales Friday night, the department reported.
Armando Beltran, 33, of Porterville was arrested in connection with drugs found at his residence.
A narcotics search warrant was served at a residence in the 900 block of East Dixie Avenue in Porterville. Detectives with the PPD Special Investigations Unit found more than two pounds of suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia consistent with the sales of the drug.
The PPD said the methamphetamine has a street value of more than $30,000.
The scariest thing about Orange County’s Stanley Carl Jared is not that he has accumulated at least four felony strikes, including spousal abuse, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon.
Jared, 49, is a grandfather and, though he’s already molested a young family member and remains a “medium/high risk” to molest again, wants to spend time playing with his six-year-old granddaughter.
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HIDALGO CITY, TEXAS (NEWS CENTER 23) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized methamphetamine valued at over $140,000 and arrested a man from Durango, Mexico in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt.
The seizure/arrest occurred early Friday morning, February 1, 2013 after a white Dodge Dakota pickup truck arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. The driver, a 30-year-old male Mexican citizen from Gomez Palacios, Durango, Mexico presented his Mexican passport with U.S. visa and was referred to secondary for a more extensive examination. During the course of the secondary examination, officers discovered six packages containing alleged methamphetamine which weighed approximately 4.36 kilograms (9.61 pounds) that were concealed within the vehicle’s battery. CBP seized the narcotics, which have an estimated street value of $144,000, and the vehicle as well.
Customs and Border Protection officers arrested the adult male and released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.
“This was an early morning interception of hard narcotics which demonstrates that our officers are always on alert and ready to face smuggling challenges at any time of the day,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “There appears to be a trend in this method of attempted narcotic smuggling within our international bridges.”
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department discovered a methamphetamine lab in a vehicle while investigating a suspicious activity report Wednesday morning.
According to a news release issued by the sheriff’s department, officers received a suspicious activity report from a local retail hardware business in Columbia.
After locating the vehicle in question, deputies followed it to several other retail stores in Columbia, eventually stopping the car in the parking lot of the Crossroads West Shopping Center.
During a search of the vehicle, a complete and active meth lab representing all the stages of the manufacturing process was revealed. Deputies specifically trained to dismantle and process meth labs made the contents of the car safe and collected the evidence.
Meth manufacturers are able to garner less suspicion with vehicle-based labs than with stationary labs, Boone County Detective Tom O’Sullivan said.
“Stationary labs and rolling labs are equally dangerous,” O’Sullivan said. “The problem with a stationary lab is it’s easier to detect. A neighbor could call in or someone could see something. The stationary lab is a problem for ‘meth makers’ because they are somewhat easier to detect. Neighbors call the cops and meth making gives off a tremendous, lingering odor which causes suspicion. Many meth labs have been found because people called the fire department thinking there was a gas leak.”
The two occupants of the vehicle, Jonathan David Wadlow, 29, and Joseph W Turner, 26, were arrested. Wadlow was arrested on charges of driving with a revoked license. Turner was arrested on charges of an outstanding felony drug warrant out of St. Charles County. Both men were arrested on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance.
“I think these guys knew the game was up as soon as we pulled up,” O’Sullivan said. “They didn’t give us any trouble or try to resist arrest.”
According to the sheriff’s department website, several other meth-related incidents have occurred during the last few months
The sheriff’s department said it continues to believe meth and the related manufacturing process is a threat to the safety of citizens and quality of life in Boone County.
Anonymous tips about meth activity can be made at the sheriff’s department website.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics wraps up a nearly one year methamphetamine investigation and arrests 21 people.
In April 2012, OBN began investigating a meth distribution ring in Okmulgee. Thursday at 6:00 a.m., OBN ended the investigation by arresting 21 people on drug trafficking and distribution warrants.
OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said “This group of defendants would import significant quantities of crystal methamphetamine or ‘ICE’ into the Okmulgee area to supply local dealers and users.”
Woodward also says this group would routinely import as much as two to five pounds of crystal meth per month.
OBN Director Darrell Weaver says removing these criminal drug elements from communities is a vital role of his state drug agency.
“Today, we inflicted a critical blow to the methamphetamine trade in the Okmulgee area with the arrest of these individuals. This group of outlaws distributed alarming amounts of this highly addictive drug and made enormous profits while peddling their illicit wares. The cooperation between local law enforcement and OBN was superb and I am very pleased. We must continue to be vigilant in our stance against this devilish drug,” Weaver said.
All 21 were taken to the Okmulgee County Jail where they face a variety of charges, including Aggravated Trafficking and Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Additional arrests are possible as the investigation continues.
The District 25 Drug Task Force, the Okmulgee Police Department, and the Henryetta Police Department all assisted in the investigation.Methamphetamine Ring Busted; 21 Arrested
A couple arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine about a year ago has been arrested again on the same charge in Darlington County.
The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit has been conducting an investigation into the manufacture of methamphetamine by Joe Eddins, 43, and Cheryl Melton, 47, both of Hartsville.
They were arrested in February 2012 for Manufacturing Methamphetamine at a different location in Hartsville.
In an undercover operation, officials obtained a search warrant on January 30.
As a result of this search warrant, a clandestine methamphetamine lab was located and dismantled.
Eddins and Melton were charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Manufacturing Methamphetamine Within Proximity of a School and were booked into the Darlington County Detention Center.
LYONS, Ore. – A SWAT raid found pot, mushrooms, meth, prescription pills, cash and drug packaging paraphernalia in a home with a surveillance system Wednesday, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies arrested Donnie Lee Owens, 57, on charges of Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Theft III by receiving.
Miranda Nicole Dawn Reed, 20, was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Frequenting a Drug House.
Meria Lynn Rendon, 22, was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.
Linn County Undersheriff Bruce Riley said the warrant to search the 6th Street home was served by sheriff’s deputies and members of the Linn County Regional SWAT Team after longterm investigation.
Detectives seized marijuana, mushrooms, prescription medication, dealer amounts of methamphetamine, digital scales, packaging material, drug paraphernalia, stolen property, a surveillance system and over $7,500 in cash, Riley said.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, DEA, and the Albany Police Department.
OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) – The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says 18 people were arrested in eastern Oklahoma and one in Texas as part of a 10-month investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine.
OBN spokesman Mark Woodward says agents began serving the warrants about 6 a.m. Thursday in the Okmulgee and Henryetta areas and one arrest was made in Dallas. Woodward says two other people are still being sought.
Woodward says the arrests are part of an investigation that included seven other arrests in Oklahoma in November.
He says the District 25 Drug Task Force and the Okmulgee and Henryetta police departments assisted in Wednesday’s efforts.
U.S. Border Patrol agents seized approximately 10 pounds of methamphetamine at the Interstate 5 checkpoint outside San Clemente Wednesday afternoon.
Agents stopped a 2004 Ford Focus at the checkpoint and, following a K-9 unit’s inspection of the vehicle, five bundles of methamphetamine were allegedly discovered in the left and right quarter panels. The methamphetamine weighed approximately 10.14 pounds and had an estimated street value of over $200,000, according to a release from the Border Patrol.
The suspect, a 25-year-old Mexican national, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for investigation. The vehicle was seized by the Border Patrol.
Resident charged with arson
A Fair Grove man is facing arson charges after a methamphetamine lab exploded and set a building on fire.
Mitchell Lewis Penick is charged with second-degree arson, attempt to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.
A probable cause statement filed in the case says the Fair Grove Fire Department and Greene County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a fire in Fair Grove Jan. 20.
Fire crews arrived to find a small workshop fully engulfed in flames, with the fire spreading to a nearby home, according to Fire Chief Mark Raymond.
While in the home, firefighters discovered what they believed to be a methamphetamine lab, according to the statement.
Sgt. Jeff Ussery, of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, wrote in the statement that he could smell a chemical odor coming from the residence that he recognized as methamphetamine.
Law enforcement officers discovered a cooler in the home containing items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including matchbooks, glassware with a white residue, a reddish liquid believed to contain red phosphorus, funnels and stir sticks, according to the statement.
Officers also discovered a bottle with cloudy liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine. They were discovered in a room Penick later confirmed was his, according to the statement.
Raymond said the Greene County arson unit determined the cause of the fire was an explosion.
Ussery spoke to Penick’s brother at the scene. The brother said Penick told him to go to bed because he was going to “‘get rid’ of some of the methamphetamine chemicals,” according to the statement. He said the next thing he knew was that the workshop was on fire.
Penick later admitted knowledge of the lab in his room, but said the items were not his. He said he purchased pseudoephedrine to give to a methamphetamine manufacturer in exchange for methamphetamine, according to the statement.
Second-degree arson is a class C felony.
Penick is currently being held in the Greene County Jail, with a bond set at $15,000. He is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing Feb. 20, according to online court records.
Law enforcement discovers active lab in shed
A Fredericktown man and two Wayne County residents are facing charges after an active methamphetamine lab was discovered Sunday evening in a shed in Wayne County.
Christopher E. Shoemake, 41, of Fredericktown is charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and felony unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He is currently on parole for distribution of a controlled substance and is being held without bond in the Wayne County Jail.
Clinton G. Million, 37, and Suzette S. Million, 39, both of Piedmont are charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, felony possession of a controlled substance, and felony unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. They are being held on a $20,000 cash-only bond and a $15,000 cash only bond respectively.
According to a probable cause statement filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, troopers, officers from the SEMO drug task force, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and Piedmont Police executed a search warrant at Route 2 Box 2494, Piedmont around 7 p.m. As officers approached the shed, Shoemake and Clinton Million exited the structure and were placed in handcuffs.
Inside the shed law enforcement officials found an active methamphetamine lab. Several items used in the production of the drug such as fuel, salt, drain cleaner and lye were discovered along with crushed Pseudoephedrine and dismantled lithium batteries.
According to the affidavit, all three subjects were placed in the St. Louis area buying Pseudoephedrine earlier in the day. Both men said they had used the drug and were going to get a cut of the finished product.
Suzette Million, who was in the residence when the search warrant was served, said she had bought the pills knowing they would be used in the production of Methamphetamine according to the affidavit.
An arraignment for all three suspects has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 14 before Judge Randy Schuller.
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.