Four arrested in Lepanto drug bust
The Lepanto Police Department arrested four residents Wednesday, Jan. 7 for manufacturing methamphetamine at 231 North Greenwood Ave. Capt. David Layman, Deputy Chad Henderson, and Deputy Jon P. Thompson traveled to the residence of 28 year-old Todd Hall after learning from an informant that two suspects had allegedly purchased a large quantity of Sudaphed to use in the manufacture of meth at Hall's house. The suspects were Greg Rogers, 35, and Terra Perkins, 27, both of 321 Broad Street Apartment 2.
When Hall answered the door, officers asked for Perkins, who had an active warrant for a failure to appear charge. Officers immediately noticed a strong odor and a heavy cloud of smoke indicative of the manufacture of meth.
According to a statement from Capt. Layman, Hall denied officers permission to search his home until Layman talked to a judge about obtaining a search warrant. He then allowed officers into the residence where Misty Emery, 36, of 231 N. Greenwood was also present.
"When we entered the residence the chemical odor was strong enough to burn our eyes and the smoke was very thick," Layman said in his statement.
Officers located several items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine hidden in a smoker-grill on the back patio including an HCL generator; several filter products and a bottle containing wet filters.
After being confronted, Hall said he hid the items shortly before officers arrived. Officers also found a small bag of white powder substance and a straw in Hall's pocket.
"I located a 20 ounce bottle with filter materials beside it," Layman said. "The bottle contained a liquid, a solid and another material floating in the liquid. I recognized this as the 'one pot' method of manufacturing methamphetamine. The bottle was the source of the odor."
Other items discovered in the search include several items of filter material containing a powder substance, camp fuel, aluminum foil and a white powder substance coating the counter top. The substance tested positive for ephedrine.
Officers located a shotgun and a .22 pistol at the scene.
Hall was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance (meth) within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of a controlled substance (meth) and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.
Perkins was charged with the initial warrant of failure to appear and with manufacture of a controlled substance (meth) within 1,000 feet of a church.
Emery and Rogers were both charged with manufacture of a controlled substance (meth) within 1,000 feet of a church.