Third person arrested in connection with Holly Park meth lab

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | 4:17 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Another person has been arrested in connection with a methamphetamine lab incident at Holly Park Mobile Home Village

On Thursday, Columbia police were called to investigate a suspected methamphetamine lab at 2001 Holly Ave., lot number 141. 

Officers found methamphetamine and signs of a shake-and-bake methamphetamine lab in the trailer, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. 

During the investigation, one man refused to exit the trailer and caused a stand-off lasting several hours, according to the release. The SWAT team was called in to help.  

Once he exited, he was transported to the hospital, where he was until Monday. After his release, he was arrested, Public Information Officer Stephanie Drouin said in an email.

Christopher Hill, 46, was arrested at 2:14 p.m. Monday on suspicion of distribution and possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Police Department. He also has a felony state warrant for failing to appear in court for a past drug charge. 

Hill's bond is $14,000 total, so far. The bond for distribution of a controlled substance has not yet been set. 

Stacey Richardson, 34, Hill's girlfriend, was arrested earlier in connection with the case, according to the release. She told police she knew Hill was making methamphetamine in her home. 

A 15-year-old male also was arrested in connection with the incident. 

A fourth person who was brought to the hospital has been released and was not arrested. 

Supervising editor is Kellie Kotraba.

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