Four people are facing felony drug charges after COMET drug officers found their ID's in an abandoned house where methamphetamine was being made.
According to the probable cause statement, a Stone County deputy was dispatched to 789 Everest in Galena about 2:30 a.m. on October 27th for a complaint of a suspicious vehicle. When Deputy Taylor Jenkins arrived, he heard yelling and loud noises coming from inside the residence and called for backup because he believed the house was being burglarized. After his backup arrived, the deputies approached the house and found the back doors of the house "wide open" and a strong chemical smell emitting from the residence.
When the deputies entered the home they found Sudafed, baggies containing a crystal substance and several other items used to manufacture meth. The deputies secured the location, opened windows and doors to ventilate it and called for help from COMET drug officers.
During a search of the house identification belonging to Tammy Woodyard and Michelle Jacques were found in purses in the same room as the meth lab. Identification for Chad Harris and Howard Boyd was also found in the same room. A COMET officer writes that some of the items seized field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Harris and Woodyard were located the next day and arrested, according to court records. Harris told investigators "that he and Woodyard had been in the residence with Howard Boyd, Brandon Williams and another female." According to Harris, he assisted Howard when they began cooking methamphetamine in the house about 8 p.m. the previous evening. Harris told law enforcers that everyone ran into the woods when Williams, their "lookout", ran in the house and told them "that the cops were there."
Woodyard was released from jail after posting $50,000 bond. Harris, Boyd and Jacques remain jail pending court appearances.