Leachville Police discover meth lab

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Two Leachville residents were arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; and the manufacturing of a controlled substance (methamaphetamine), on Thursday night.

According to Leachville Chief of Police Keith Evans two Leachville officers were stopped on an unrelated incident and observed a tree line fire and heard an explosion at 609 Third Street.

Pictured are meth lab components found at a Leachville residence. (photo provided)

The officers notified the fire department. Firefighters immediately answered the call and extinguished the fire.

Chief Evans and Lt. Steve Lancaster observed what appeared to be household trash as the cause of the fire but on better observation they discovered several items as common components used in the manufacturing of methamaphetamine including HCI generators, coffee filters, and plastic baggies.

Charles Hendershott, 39, and Tasha Cannon, 22, residents of the home were detained. Evans said consent was given to search the residence. Deputies from the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department and the 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force were notified.

The drug task force officers did a search of the house and discovered other items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The two suspects were transported to the Mississippi County Jail where they are awaited a bond hearing.

Evans said a hazardous material clean-up crew cntracted through the DEA from Little Rock arrived at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Friday to remove the lab.

"We were told by the clean-up crew the inside of the residence will have to be totally cleaned by a contracted hazardous clean-up crew before it can be inhabited," Chief Evans said. "This is for the safety of residents who might occupy the house in the future. The house is roped off with police tape and no unauthorized persons will be allowed inside."

Bond was set Monday morning with Hendershott reveiving a $100,000 bond and Cannon a $10,000 bond.

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