SIKESTON -- Three Scott County residents and a Mississippi County man were arrested Monday for manufacturing methamphetamine in Sikeston.
Michael Tinsley, 28, and Tasha M. Hale, 34, both of Sikeston; Stephen M. Hicks, 52, of Charleston; and Angel M. Watkins, 27, of Morley were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in a residence with a child present, manufacturing within 2,000 feet of a school and endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree.
Tinsley, Hale and Watkins were also charged with possession of precursors to manufacture methamphetamine, and Tinsley faced an additional charge of possession with intent to distribute.
About 10 a.m. Monday Sikeston Department of Public Safety received some information regarding drug activity taking place at 213 Welter St. in Sikeston. Upon their arrival, officers noticed a strong chemical odor commonly associated with meth production and asked the resident to step outside because she was holding her 4-year-old child.
Police searched the residence and found three other subjects inside the home. They also located an active "shake-and-bake" style meth lab and finished methamphetamine product. Officers found two plastic bottles inside a plastic bag; one of the bottles was an acid generator for a meth lab.
Bond for Tinsley, Hale and Hicks was set at $50,000 cash or surety; Watkins is being held on $50,000 cash only bond. They are currently being held at the Scott County Jail awaiting their arraignment.
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