Task force busts "shake and bake" meth lab near Exeter

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A pair of "shake and bake" meth labs were seized and three people were arrested by the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force and Barry County Sheriff's Department last week.

James D. Coleman, Jr., 31, of Exeter, Aaron Dalton, Jr., 29, of Eagle Rock, and Ashley Renee Williams, 19, of Eagle Rock, have been charged with distribution/manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of marijuana over 35 grams.

According to affidavits of probable cause filed in the case, officers served a search warrant at the Coleman residence located at Highway CC and Farm Road 1047 in the Exeter area on June 16.

At the home, officers discovered two shake and bake methamphetamine labs and finished product that field tested positive for methamphetamine. The term "shake and bake" refers to a method of manufacturing meth that utilizes one sealed container.

Officers also seized two rifles, sulfuric acid, camp fuel, starting fluid, two shake and bake bottles, propane fuel, rock salt, coffee filters, a digital scale, a glass pipe and Pyrex dishes containing a white residue, distribution baggies, a pill grinder and other drug-related paraphernalia.

All three suspects are being held in Barry County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bonds.

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