BENTON - Two Benton men are in custody in the Scott County Jail after being arrested on drug-related charges.
According to Sheriff Bill Ferrell, John K. Ikerman, 36, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of ephedrine with the intent to manufacture, possession of chemicals and endangering the welfare of a child. His bond is set at $200,000.
The suspect's nephew, Joseph "Joey" Ikerman, 23, is charged with possession of chemicals and his bond is $50,000.
The arrests came after deputies stopped a vehicle Sunday afternoon after receiving a tip that the occupants were in possession of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. Ferrell said chemicals were located in the vehicle and the men were taken into custody.
Deputies and an agent with the SEMO Drug Task Force conducted a subsequent search of both Ikerman residences. Numerous articles used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine were found at John Ikerman's home. An undetermined quantity of a substance believed to be marijuana was also seized, as well as a set of scales normally used in the distribution process along with firearms.
Ferrell added that the endangering the welfare of a child charge on John Ikerman stemmed from officers locating two children inside the residence during the search. One of the children was 3 years old.