Eagle Rock residents arrested in meth lab bust

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

On Friday, March 22, two Eagle Rock residents and an Eureka Springs, Ark., man were charged with manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance following a meth lab bust in Eagle Rock.

According to a press release issued by the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Mick Epperly was contacted by an Eureka Springs, Ark., Police Department Detective Hanlin regarding a possible meth lab in Eagle Rock.

Hanlin said an investigation he was conducting led him to a residence in Eagle Rock. Upon arrival at the home on Farm Road 1190, Hanlin noticed a male and female subject in a garage area. When the two saw the detective, they ran back into the house.

Hanlin immediately notified the Barry County Sheriff's Office about the two suspicious subjects, and Epperly and Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force agent John Luckey traveled to Eagle Rock to investigate.

When Epperly and Luckey arrived at the residence, they knocked on the door, but the subjects inside the residence did not respond. Luckey noticed an acid generator and a burn barrel with other components for a meth lab outside the residence.

After obtaining a search warrant based on the items seen outside of the home, officers gained entry to the residence and located the two subjects, Jason Edmondson, 41, of Eureka Springs, Ark., and Brittney Collett, 28, of Eagle Rock, lying on a bed in one of the bedrooms.

The owner of the residence, Richard Decker, 59, was not at home when the search warrant was served but arrived later and was taken into custody along with Edmondson and Collett.

During a search of the residence, Luckey located numerous drug items inside the home and two methamphetamine acid generators, which are associated with methamphetamine production. Syringes and burnt spoons that field tested positive for meth were also found.

All three subjects were transported to the Barry County Jail and have been charged with conspiracy to distribute or manufacture a controlled substance. Decker's bond has been set at $75,000 cash only, while Edmondson and Collett are being held on cash-only bonds of $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.

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