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2 meth labs found in Sikeston home

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Charles M. Bell
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston man is behind bars for his involvement in two meth labs discovered in a Sikeston home.

Charles M. Bell, 42, is being held in Scott County for manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, according to Sgt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

The charges stem from a recent investigation by DPS and the Drug Task Force, which culminated with a search warrant being served on Thursday. Around 11 a.m., officers responded to 231 Edmondson, Apt. W, to serve the warrant.

"Inside the apartment they found two active "shake and bake" style meth labs, numerous chemicals and 7 grams of methamphetamine," said McMillen. Also inside the home was an 18-month-old child, sleeping approximately 10 feet from where the active labs were located.

The Scott County Juvenile Office and Missouri Children's Division were also contacted..

Bell was given a $100,000 cash only bond and remains in custody awaiting his arraignment.

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