An undercover operation conducted by agents with the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force resulted in the arrest of three Purdy area residents on drug manufacturing charges.
Nickolas A. Granger, 30, Brian L. Granger, 37, and Kari B. Freeman, 36, were apprehended by Task Force agents after the three were observed purchasing chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. A traffic stop was conducted, and officers discovered pseudophedrine pills, a bottle of Heet, a bottle of iodine, two large boxes of matches and a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.
The Grangers and Freeman were arrested and taken to the Barry County Jail after giving Task Force agents permission to search their residence in the Purdy area. During the search of the home, officers found an active meth lab and a small quantity of finished methamphetamine.
Nickolas Granger, Brian Granger and Freeman were each charged with possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture and distribution of a controlled substance. All three suspects are still in jail in lieu of $35,000 bonds.
Nickolas Granger and Brian Granger were formally arraigned in Barry County Associate Circuit Court on March 24 and pleaded not guilty to their charges. Their next court date was set for April 14. Freeman had not been arraigned as of presstime.
"The Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force greatly appreciates the citizens of Barry County for reporting tips," said Alexis Saturley, the Task Force's community awareness liaison.
Anonymous tips can be phoned into the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force at 417-847-5010 (office) or 417-847-3121 (Barry County 911 Center). Tips can also be e-mailed to email@example.com.