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Five arrested in connection with meth lab at Katy Trail campground

Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 7:11 p.m. CDT; updated 6:33 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 29, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department discovered nearly 1 pound of methamphetamine at Katfish Katy's Campgrounds early Thursday morning.

Deputies arrested five suspects after finding what they called a significant methamphetamine distribution operation around 7:40 a.m. at the campground while serving a search warrant. Deputies also found packaging material and a digital scale.

Katfish Katy's Campgrounds is located along the Missouri River and the Katy Trail at 8816 Sarr Lane.

Teresa A. Whittington, 52, and Dorian R. Estes, 32, were arrested on a charge of trafficking drugs in the first degree. Curtis L. Russell, 35, Brian K. Parson, 48, and Donnie R. Perkins, 48, were arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Parson is a resident of St. Joseph. The other four suspects are from Columbia.

Detective Tom O'Sullivan said the amount of methamphetamine found could be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

O'Sullivan said he was unaware of whether this was a part of a larger operation, but that people often run operations like this on their own. He said deputies believe at least one of the suspects, Whittington, was living at the campground when the warrant was served.

There is no evidence that the owners or management of the campground were involved in the operation, according to a news release. The department did not comment on the reason for the search warrant.

Supervising editor is Bailey Otto.


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