A methamphetamine lab was seized and two arrests for trafficking in controlled substances were made in Purdy.
According to a release from Police Chief Jackie Lowe, Officer Russ Nichols identified a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity of the Autumn Woods apartments on May 5. The owner of the car was banned from the property following an arrest in January.
Nichols approached the car, in which a woman, Megan Haebler, 19, and a 9-year-old child were sitting. The woman gave evasive answers and would not identify the friend for whom she was waiting.
While Nichols was investigating, a male subject, Jacky Lee Jones, 20, approached the vehicle. Jones also gave evasive answers. In time, Jones gave Nichols permission to search the vehicle.
Nichols discovered a working "shake and bake" metamphetamine lab inside a purse. Remnants of three similar labs, syringes, a bottle of marijuana, other drug paraphernalia and small baggies containing unknown substances were also seized.
Nichols arrested Jones and Haebler. They were subsequently charged with alleged manufacturing of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, felony possession of a controlled substance near government assisted housing and felony first degree endangering the welfare of a child.
The child was taken into protective custody by the Division of Family Services. The Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force was contacted to confiscate the active meth lab and remnants of the other labs.
The owner of the car, Carrie Lee Intessimone, 33, of Fairview, was located in the apartment complex, hiding in a closet. Intessimone assaulted Nichols when he attempted to make an arrest and fled on foot. She evaded officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Barry County Sheriff's Department, who aided in the search.
Three days later, Intessimone was taken into custody by the Fairview Police Department. She was subsequently arrested on a Purdy warrant for resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from the May 5 incident.
While being transported to the Barry County Jail, Intessimone was able to slip out of her handcuffs and tore a piece of foam from the prisoner protection barrier in the patrol car in an attempt to escape. With the assistance of Wheaton Police Chief Clint Clark, who responded to the scene, Nichols was able to take Intessimone back into custody in Butterfield.
Intessimone was issued a summons to Purdy Municipal Court for a second charge of resisting arrest and misdemeanor property damage.