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­SIKESTON -- A Sikeston teen is in custody on a drug arrest following a brief standoff Thursday afternoon.

Christopher Bradlee Shultz, 18, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and receiving stolen property. The charges stem from the discovery of marijuana and drug paraphernalia while firefighters were extinguishing a kitchen fire early Thursday morning at 603 W. Salcedo.

According to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Canine Officer Franklin Adams noticed drug paraphernalia and what appeared to be marijuana in one of the bedrooms in plain view while clearing smoke from the home. He then notified the Sikeston Criminal Investigations Unit.

Detective John Blakely in turn applied for a search warrant for the home with this information. DPS officers held the scene and served the warrant later that morning.

Upon a search of the home, officers located four pounds of marijuana, more than $5,000 in cash and a stolen handgun. Also located were several magazines on the growing and cultivation of marijuana.

Following the filing of charges by the Scott County Prosecutor's office, Shultz was given a $75,000 cash-only bond through Scott County. Also, the Mississippi County Court revoked a bond on Shultz from a previous felony drug case from June 2007.

With the issuance of the warrants, officers began searching for Shultz. Through a tip, he was located at 711 Great Falls. There was a brief standoff as Shultz and another subject barricaded themselves inside the home.

Upon hearing Sikeston's Special Operations Group would be deployed, both subjects exited the residence peacefully, according to the news release.

Shultz was then arrested and transported to Mississippi County where he was awaiting an arraignment as of press time.

The other party in the home was also arrested in connection with the drug investigation. This subject's name is being withheld pending the filing of formal charges.