Man, woman face meth charges

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 | 1:56 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man and a Holt's Summit woman were released on bond early Wednesday morning after being arrested on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine Tuesday night. According to Detective Tom O’Sullivan of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of the drug.

Richard F. Wright, 29, of Columbia and Amy E. Kliethermes, 44, of Holt's Summit were stopped around 10 p.m. Tuesday on the 10000 block of I-70 Drive N.E., according to a news release from the sheriff's department. Wright was taken into custody for suspicion of driving with a suspended license. A further search of the vehicle revealed components of a methamphetamine lab as well as finished methamphetamine.

"They (a police officer) found some camping fuel, some coffee filters, lithium batteries, a gas generator, some jars and a coffee grinder in the car," O'Sullivan said.

The pair was stopped because of mismatched plates on the 1994 Dodge Ram pickup truck Wright was driving, O'Sullivan said. The officer then learned that Wright's driver's license was revoked and discovered the methamphetamine and items related to its production.

Wright was arrested on one count of manufacture of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of driving under suspension, according to the release. Kliethermes was arrested on one count of manufacture of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

O’Sullivan said Kliethermes faced further charges upon arrival at the Boone County Jail.

“Obviously the male officer couldn’t do such an extensive search on-site, but when they got her back to the jail, they found more methamphetamine and a couple pocket knives on her (Kliethermes) that she hadn’t turned over,” said O’Sullivan.

As a result, Kliethermes was also charged with one count of introducing contraband into a correctional facility.

The traffic stop was conducted by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Pro-Active Patrol unit, which was on assignment in the Chalet Park area because it is believed to be frequented by persons involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

“We’ve had some incidents out there recently where we’ve made a couple arrests at a couple homes," O'Sullivan said.

Both Wright and Kliethermes were released from jail on bond around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

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Mark Montgomery April 9, 2009 | 1:31 a.m.

Legalizing meth would kill meth labs overnight. Meth should be legal. A group of very serious policemen have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition ( ) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. We can't stop drugs. They're sick of chasing drug users and sending innocent people to prison for decades just because they like to get high. This foolish war on drugs has lasted 37 years and cost us over a TRILLION dollars and we are not an inch closer to stopping drugs. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? My brother, Spencer Montgomery III would still be alive if heroin had been legal. He overdosed because He didn't know the actual strength of the heroin he injected. If he could have bought a known amount of heroin in a pharmacy he would still be alive today. Legalize ALL drugs now. Mark Montgomery

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