Meth lab found in Boone County home; man arrested

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 | 6:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Boone County man was arrested Tuesday after the Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at his house and found a meth lab.

Deputies served a search warrant shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the house of Ryan S. Sparkman, 28, at 11571 N. Old 63, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department news release.

While they were searching the premises, deputies found methamphetamine production materials in a detached garage near the house and a "one-pot" meth lab inside the house, according to the release. The one-pot method produces small quantities of the drug and is more prone to explosion, according to a Missouri Foundation for Health report.

Three children were living at the house where the meth lab was discovered, said Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the Sheriff's Department. The oldest was 5, and the youngest was 8 months. O'Sullivan said he was unsure of the children's relationship to Sparkman. A woman was also at the house at the time of the search.

Sparkman was being held in the Boone County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, awaiting bail on felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the news release.

In 2011, he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of manufacturing a controlled substance in Boone County, according to Missouri court records. He completed an intensive substance abuse program and was released on supervised probation in 2012.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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