BENTON -- Three Southeast Missouri residents are in Scott County Jail after a three-agency investigation resulted in the seizure of their working methamphetamine lab.
Justin B. Scallion, 27, and April Jeffords, 22, both of New Madrid, and Charles Shands, 39, of Miner, were charged with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child. The endangering the welfare of a child charge is the result of the meth lab being operated in a house where a 10-year-old was living.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, the case was made by a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer who smelled what he believed to be a meth lab in the city of Miner. He contacted agents from the SEMO Drug Task Force, who then contacted deputies from Scott County Sheriff's Department. In a cooperative effort, a search warrant was obtained and the lab was seized.
Bond for Jeffords and Shands is set at $50,000 while bond for Scallion is set at $75,000 due to his prior offender status. All three are scheduled to be arraigned on these charges next week.