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Large meth lab discovered in southern Barry County

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Seligman man has been charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance after agents with the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force found the makings of a large meth lab at his residence.

Charges were filed against Bruce W. Huse, 51, of Seligman, after Task Force officers conducted a consent search at the suspect's residence and discovered items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, officers went to the Huse residence on Farm Road 1070 south of Seligman on March 16 after receiving information from a confidential informant that Huse had been manufacturing methamphetamine at his residence on a regular basis.

When officers arrived at the residence, they discovered items commonly used in the production of methamphetamine located in plain view in a burn pile and beside an outbuilding near the residence. While in the process of completing a search warrant for the residence, officers located Huse in a vehicle south of the residence. Huse gave officers consent to search the property.

Officers discovered a large methamphetamine lab inside an outbuilding next to the residence and a large quanity of meth lab trash in a basement and beside an outbuilding. Items seized included: camp fuel; lye crystals; pseudoephedrine pill waste; several containers of unknown liquids; and numerous other items associated with manufacturing meth.

According to Task Force agents, the lab included materials that could be used in all three methods of methamphetamine manufacturing, including "shake and bake," "red and black," which uses red phosphorus and iodine, and "Nazi," which uses ammonia.

Officers stated that this is the largest meth bust they have conducted this year. It required three hours to confiscate and move all of the seized items and over 15 hours to process and dispose of the materials. Seized products, which according to officers were to be used in a single manufacture, could have produced over one pound of meth.

Huse was formally arraigned in Barry County Associate Circuit Court on March 18 and pleaded not guilty. He was unable to post a $35,000 bond and remains in the Barry County Jail.

The Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force reminds area community members that tips are always welcome. To report suspicious activity, call the Task Force at 847-5010 or e-mail tips@swmodtf.org.



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