Meth lab busted in Eagle Rock, two arrested

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Barry County Sheriff's Department and the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force seized several meth lab components and arrested two Berryville, Ark., men at an Eagle Rock residence on July 25.

Last Monday, Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly received information on a possible meth lab at 28819 Farm Road 1210 in Eagle Rock. Epperly also learned that 41-year-old Jefferey R. Edmondson, who was wanted in Arkansas on a parole violation warrant, was at the residence in possession of a handgun.

Epperly, Deputy Kevin Myers and a Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force officer arrived at the residence at around 6 p.m. As officers approached the property, they observed a black Jeep Grand Cherokee back out of the driveway and onto Farm Road 1210.

Epperly activated his emergency lights to stop the vehicle, but the Jeep drove into the grass around the sheriff's vehicle. After the task force agent ordered the driver to stop, the officers identified Edmondson as the passenger of the vehicle.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, as the task force officer approached the vehicle, Edmondson lowered his right shoulder as if reaching under the seat. A loaded 9-millimeter pistol was later located under the passenger seat of the Jeep.

While removing Edmondson from the vehicle, Epperly observed a syringe in plain view in a black nylon case in the passenger door. The case also contained a second syringe, a coffee filter with white residue and a silver spoon with residue that field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

A black case containing a plastic baggie with approximately 1.5 grams of white crystalline substance that field tested positive for meth, a silver spoon and a syringe were also found on Edmondson.

After Epperly elected to have the vehicle towed, the task force officer conducted an inventory search of the vehicle. A brown bag that contained a silver spoon and six syringes was found in the vehicle, and the driver, Jason Randall Edmondson, 39, was in possession of a hydrocodone pill.

In the trunk of the Jeep, the task force officer found a plastic cooler in a green canvas bag. The cooler contained a glass flask, plastic tubing with caps attached, a round plastic container with wet white crystalline substance, an aluminum cylinder and screen material with white residue on it.

According to the affidavit, after the vehicle was towed, consent was given to search the residence for illegal narcotics. In an attached garage, officers located components to a clandestine meth lab. A glass plate with clear residue, electric scales, a razor blade, a silver spoon with residue and a small ziplock baggie were found in Jefferey Edmondson's bedroom. Additional drug-related items were also located in the laundry room.

Jefferey Edmondson has been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm. Jason Edmondson has been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Both men are currently being held in the Barry County Jail. Their bonds have been set at $50,000 each.

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