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Agents find meth lab at Cardwell home, ends in police chase and arrest of manufacturer

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Cardwell man is being prosecuted for the attempt to manufacture a control substance and resisting arrest following a police chase through Dunklin and Greene Counties.

Agents with the Bootheel Drug Task Force, with assistance from Cardwell police officers Jack Powell and Anthony Parker, visited 209 East Bishop Street, in Cardwell, Mo., on October 15. The visit was due to information that a methamphetamine lab was at the residence, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Upon arrival, officers met with Michele Green who explained she was staying at the residence, but would prefer that Harvey Smith, the owner of the residence, give permission for a search, the affidavit noted.

Senath City Marshall, Omar Karnes, was contacted prior to notifying Smith, who explained that he would leave Senath and meet police at his residence in Cardwell.

According to the affidavit, officers waited approximately 30 minutes, Green notified officers that she needed to use the restroom. George escorted Green inside where he noticed several pills on the kitchen counter, the affidavit noted.

When asked about the pills, Green stated that she would give officers permission to search the residence because the pills did not belong to her. The attached permission to search form was then signed by Green, according to the affidavit.

When searching the residence, one of the agents discovered, in the bedroom of the residence, a blue plastic tub, which contained a plastic bottle. The plastic bottle contained a working "Shake-N-Bake" method meth lab, according to the affidavit.

The report added that a second plastic bottle contained chemicals associated with what is referred to as a "smoker-jug," along with the cap and tubing attached.

The smoker jug produces HCL gas which is part of the manufacturing process, and the tub also contained several coffee filters and plastic bags, according to the affidavit.

The report noted that in the kitchen area a bottle of muriatic acid, Coleman fuel, ice packs, a plastic medicine bottle containing ammonia nitrate, and a bottle of Joy dishwashing detergent with cap and tub were discovered.

The bottle of Joy with the adapted lid and tubing is consistent with a common device used by meth cooks as a separate funnel, used in part of the meth production, according to the affidavit.

The report noted that all items located in the residence were used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Green was read her Miranda Right and wished to make a statement to officers, according to the affidavit.

Green noted that she witnessed Smith place the meth lab items under the kitchen sink and in the bedroom.

The affidavit explains that one of the agents spoke to Smith at a later time, at the Kennett Police Department, and that Smith said that all the items related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine belonged to him.

Smith also stated that he manufactures meth, sometimes with the help of others, according to the report.

At approximately 10:02 p.m., on December 4, Deputy Terry Key attempted to make a traffic stop on County Road 609 after the driver failed to use his turn signal on County Road 614, according to the affidavit.

The report noted that the car was a 1984 Monte Carlo with a Arkansas Antique License.

The suspect failed to stop for Key's emergency lights and siren, according to the affidavit.

The report added that the suspect and Key traveled east on Highway V, where Deputy Pam Buchanan was requested to take the lead on the pursuit.

The suspect traveled east to Highway 412, according to the report. The suspect then failed to stop at the stop sign or signal at Highway V and traveled south on Highway 412 reaching speeds of 100 miles-per-hour.

According to the affidavit, the suspect traveled onto the right shoulder of the highway to pass cars and in attempt to pass the second car, the suspect almost crashed into the second car.

A sharp left turn, without a signal, onto Country road 612, was then made by the suspect, the report noted.

The suspect then turned onto Highway 108 without stopping or using a turn signal and used speeds ranging from 89 to 110 miles-per-hour.

The report added that the suspect crossed the state line and Leachville, Ark., police engaged in the pursuit.

The Leachville police were able to pursue the suspect back into Missouri on Highway FF, according to the affidavit. The report added that the Leachville officers were able to obtain a license plate, which returned to a Stacy Higgins, of Paragould, Ark.

At this time, Sgt. Mike Scoggins deployed a tire deflation device at Highway FF and F, according to the affidavit. The report added that the suspect vehicle was not damaged , but the Leachville Chief of Police vehicle was damaged.

The pursuit continued as the subject traveled North on Highway F not using caution to Highway 412, failing to stop at a stop sign, and using speeds of 100 miles-per-hour into Cardwell, according to the affidavit.

The report noted that Leachville officers continued to pursue the subject while Key and Buchanan followed at a safe distance.

The suspect then turned west onto County Road 609, and then south on County Road 614, according to the affidavit.

The report noted that the suspect then turned west onto Highway 412 without using a turn signal or stopping at the stop sign.

The suspect traveled into Green County Arkansas and Arkansas Highway Patrol deployed the tire deflation device, which damaged the front driver-side tire of the suspect vehicle, according to the affidavit.

The report added that the suspect was then taken into custody by Arkansas State Police and identified as Smith of Cardwell.

Smith has a felony warrant issued from Dunklin County for Attempt to Manufacture. The bond is $100,000 cash only.

Smith is incarcerated in the Greene County Jail on a bond of $150 cash only for charges involving the pursuit.

Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Sokoloff noted that Smith was being charged with the Attempt to Manufacture a Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest.

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One down, many to go! Good job Arkansas! Not sure how he got to a car after a confession, manufacturing meth, isn't that ground for throwing away the key? Handcuffs, jail, arrest?

-- Posted by Texas Two Step on Fri, Dec 18, 2009, at 9:05 PM

Something "ain't right" about this case. Fox? Henhouse? Who watches the watchman?

-- Posted by Skeptisch on Sat, Dec 19, 2009, at 6:49 AM

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