CARUTHERSVILLE - A Pemiscot County Methamphetamine Enforcement Unit on patrol followed the odor of product used in the manufacture of methamphetamine to uncover an illegal drug lab.
While on patrol early Saturday, the officers smelled the odor coming from a residence in the Cottonwood Point area. When deputies and the Bootheel Drug Task Force officers attempted to make contact at the residence a subject attempted to flee but was taken into custody in the residence. While inside the residence, officers noted components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine as well as a large quantity of the product.
Also in the residence was Michael Wayne Wood, 19, who was taken into custody. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance and is being held in the Pemiscot County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
After securing the residence, deputies sought and received a search warrant. Numerous items were taken as evidence.
Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell noted that in the first two months of this year, the Bootheel Drug Task Force has taken down approximately seven methamphetamine labs and several dumpsites where meth was being manufactured.
Pemiscot County citizens who see heavy traffic in unusual areas or smell suspicious odors should contact the law enforcement officials, the sheriff emphasized. The Bootheel Drug Task Force hotline is 1-888-874-8895, Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department, 573-333-4101 or the can be reached through their Website, www.methtaskforce.com.