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UPDATE: Four people in custody after meth lab investigation; two arrested

Friday, May 4, 2012 | 5:48 p.m. CDT; updated 6:10 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 4, 2012

*UPDATE: This story includes new information about the people arrested. Police also confirmed that they found a methamphetamine lab.

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.

Through the investigation, police did find a lab at the residence, Public Information Officer Stephanie Drouin said.

As of Friday, two people were under arrest. 

Stacey R. Richardson, 34, was charged with first-degree child endangerment. Her bond was set at $9,000, Drouin said. 

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 a controlled substance and possession or sale of a prohibited weapon.

He also received a mental illness detention charge, a noncriminal charge that allows police to detain those who could harm themselves or others, Drouin said. He was then turned over to juvenile authorities.

Two other people were transported to the hospital. The investigation of those who were hospitalized is ongoing, and their names have not been released, Drouin said.

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 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. 

One of the people in the trailer during Thursday's investigation refused to leave after officers tried to get him to exit; there were felony warrants for his arrest. 

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 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, Drouin said.

"(The robot) has a camera and audio on it so we can see and hear," she said. "We look for weapons and additional people that could be in the residence, and of course, it would give us signs that there was a meth lab in there."

Supervising editor is Kellie Kotraba.

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