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Two rural Monettens charged with running meth lab

Friday, December 11, 2009

Agents with the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force seized the items pictured above during a meth bust at a residence on BB Highway south of Monett. According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, the bust was the biggest one this year. [Times Photo by Darla Damrill]
Two rural Monett residents have been charged with drug trafficking and child endangerment after officers with the Barry County Sheriff's Department and agents with the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force seized a meth lab at their residence located on BB Highway south of Monett.

"This is the biggest meth bust we have seen this year," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly.
Jeffery Aaron White, 49, and Kelly Ann Andrews, 37, both of Monett, were each charged with drug trafficking, attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of a chemical with intent to create a controlled substance and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to affidavits of probable cause filed in Barry County Associate Court, officers went to the residence with a warrant to search the property and found evidence of a methamphetamine lab and illegal drugs located in the home.
According to authorities, the room where the meth lab was located was not sealed off from two children who were home when the officers arrived.
Chemicals commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine were located in the room and there was a strong chemical odor in the residence.
During their search, officers seized a tote bag containing methamphetamine laboratory apparatus, three jars of a bi-phase liquid that contained a large amount of methamphetamine oil, hydrogen peroxide, tubing, a bottle of heet, an empty box of medicine containing pseudoephedrine pills, a bag of rock salt, coffee filters and propane fuel.
The jars that contained bi-phase liquid field tested positive for methamphetamine and will be sent to the crime lab for further testing.

White and Andrews were arrested and transported to the Barry County Jail. Both suspects are being held on $75,000 bond.

The two children found at home during the drug raid were medically checked for their safety and have been placed under the care of the Division of Family Services.
Task Force agents have seized six meth labs from the surrounding areas in the past seven days.

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