Meth lab discovered from vehicle fire on Freedom Drive

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | 9:19 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A vehicle fire led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab Wednesday at the deadend of Freedom Drive.

Poplar Bluff resident Larry A. Crider, 32, was arrested on suspicion of creation of a controlled substance and possession of anhydrous ammonia, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department news release.

The fire began in the vehicle's engine. The Columbia Fire Department and Boone County Fire Protection District responded to the call at 1:30 p.m. After speaking to Crider, the only occupant of the vehicle, a Boone County deputy began to suspect there was methamphetamine involved. A Columbia police officer was on the scene as well.

A witness reported seeing the vehicle's occupant hide objects in the grass before police and firefighters arrived.  Items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine were found in the vehicle and in nearby tall grass, including a large amount of anhydrous ammonia and other ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

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