Four people in custody after meth lab investigation

Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 8:16 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department took four people into custody after an incident at a suspected methamphetamine lab in Holly Park Mobile Home Village on Thursday.

The police department and the child abuse hotline both received phone calls and were alerted that a child lived at the residence of the suspected lab, 2001 Holly Ave., lot number 141, according to a news release from the police department. Officers were dispatched at 11 a.m.

The child was not in danger at the time. 

According to the release, one person was taken into custody for possession of drug paraphernalia, and transported to the hospital for medical reasons that were unknown as of Thursday evening.

A 15-year-old male, who was in possession of what officers believed to be cocaine and a switchblade knife, was taken into custody and charged with possession of narcotics and possession of an unlawful weapon, according to the release. He was then turned over into the custody of juvenile authorities.

During the investigation, the officers believed a third person was still inside the trailer. The man, who had felony warrants for his arrest, refused to leave the residence after officers tried to get him to exit.

According to the news release, the police department called the Columbia SWAT and Crisis Negotiation team because of the "nature of the call."

Residents in the surrounding homes were temporarily evacuated. The third man came out around 4 p.m. and was taken into custody.

A robot was sent into the trailer to make sure it was safe for officers to go in, according to the release.

A fourth person was also taken into custody, according the release, but the reasons are unknown. Names of the individuals have not been released.

Charges were pending as of Thursday evening.

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