SIKESTON -- Three people are in custody in the connection of operating a methamphetamine lab in Sikeston.
According to Sikeston Director of Public Safety Drew Juden, Eric Lee Shell, 25, and Stacy Rogers, 24, of 202 William were arrested along with David Gadberry, 22, of Cape Girardeau after a search warrant was obtained by the Drug Unit and served by the Special Operations Group of DPS.
While serving the search warrant, it was discovered that a meth lab was currently in operation so after securing the residence at 202 William, personnel had to evacuate the home until Hazardous Materials Techs from DPS could secure the location for occupancy. Children were also located at the residence and were taken to safety and turned over to other family members. Techs setup ventilation equipment and then were able to collect evidence needed for prosecuting the trio on manufacturing of methamphetamine charges.
A quantity of ephedrine and other ingredients were found for the manufacture of methamphetamine by the red phosphorous method, which uses red phosphorous instead of anhydrous ammonia in the process.
Each of the suspects was charged by Scott County Prosecutor Paul Boyd with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
All are currently being held in the Scott County Jail with a $75,000 bond required for each of the men.