Man charged with making meth in Monett

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Multiple ingredients to meth lab found in 9th Street home

A Monett man is facing two felonies after he was arrested on Nov. 5 and ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine were allegedly found in his home.

Jason White 41, of Monett, is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of a school and possession of a controlled substance.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Cpl. Zackery Bryan, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, investigators with the Combined Ozarks Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement Team (COMET), a drug task force, served a warrant on Nov. 5 at 9 p.m. at a home in the 400 block of 9th Street in Monett.

The warrant was part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, and White was arrested at the scene for outstanding failure to appear warrants in Monett and Aurora, five in total.

During a search of the premises, COMET investigators allegedly located multiple items associated with the clandestine production of methamphetamine, including: a glass beaker with burnt residue; charcoal lighter fluid, some of which was found in a soda bottle with a hole in it; a plastic container for potassium iodide crystals; a bottle of hydrogen peroxide; a bottle of Heet; multiple glass jars and a glass bottle with a black substance staining the inside; and numerous coffee filters when there was no coffee maker in the house.

In a post-Miranda interview, White allegedly admitted to manufacturing methamphetamine a couple of times, the last of which was about six months ago. When it was pointed out his home was within 2,000 feet of St. Lawrence Catholic School and Monett Middle School, he said he did not manufacture at home.

“He said this despite items being found inside his home, which we knew were used to manufacture methamphetamine,” Bryan said in the probable cause statement. “He told us he wasn’t stupid enough to cook within 2,000 feet of a school because he knew this is an enhancement.”

White was released from prison in 2018 after serving a 15-year sentence for manufacturing meth.

Further investigation revealed White had made 13 purchases of cold pills containing pseudoephedrine this year, which could have been used to produce about 25 grams of meth. His most recent purchase was on Oct. 20.

His girlfriend has also made four purchases this year, one of which was made on the same day as one of White’s purchases, within hours of one another at different pharmacies. White had also allegedly purchased three boxes of matches, which can be used in the production of meth, about 18 minutes after purchasing the cold pills on Oct. 20.

Continued search of White’s home allegedly turned up a used syringe in his bedroom, which contained a clear liquid substance testing positive for meth. Other alleged paraphernalia items were also seized, including meth distribution supplies.

White has a criminal history that includes convictions of second-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, possession of a controlled substance and other related convictions. In 2003, he was convicted of manufacturing a controlled substance (prior/persistent offender) and possession of ephedrine.

White is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $100,000. He has been arraigned. A bond hearing was held on Tuesday, and a disposition hearing is set for Dec. 3 at 8:30 .m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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