For the second time in three weeks, a Purdy man has been arrested by the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force on alleged drug charges.
John Robert Caldwell, 42, was arrested on February 25 at his residence in rural Purdy. Officers on the scene located what they believed to be methamphetamine and the chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine on the grounds.
According to a statement from the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force, information from a concerned citizen about the whereabouts of a meth lab led officers to Caldwell's house. Caldwell was arrested for alleged manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine. A $35,000 cash bond was set for him.
Also at the Caldwell residence was Donna Marie O'Hagan, 39. She was also arrested for alleged manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine. O'Hagan's bond was set at $25,000 cash.
Caldwell had previously been arrested on February 4. Drug Task Force officers conducted a traffic stop on Caldwell's vehicle, where they found chemicals used in manufacturing meth. On that occasion, Caldwell was arrested for possession of precursors, reagents, and solvents with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance. Bond was set at $10,000 in cash only.
The Drug Task Force issued a statement expressing appreciation to concerned citizens that took the initiative to provide information leading to these arrests. Anonymous tips can be phoned directly into the Drug Task Force at 417/847-5010, or to the Barry County "911" Center at 8147-3121. Information can also be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.