BENTON - A Sikeston couple remains in custody in the Scott County Jail following their arrests on drug-related charges.
According to Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell, Darrell W. Barksdale, 48, and his wife, Cynthia A. Barksdale, 44, are charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of chemicals, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of ephedrine and endangering the welfare of a child. Bond for each suspect is set at $500,000.
Ferrell said a narcotics investigation conducted by the department resulted in the issuance of a search warrant for the Barksdales' Sikeston residence. The search warrant was served Monday night by deputies and the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. He said articles used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine, controlled narcotics and other drug paraphernalia were located during the search.
According to the sheriff, the endangering charge stems from officers locating two children, a 19-month-old and a 6-year-old, inside the residence.