An undercover narcotics investigation led to the seizure of a methamphetamine lab and the arrests of two Centralia residents Wednesday.
The Missouri Highway Patrol arrested Tracy McIntyre, 31, and Andrew Voyles, 28, both of 407 E. Simms St., on suspicion of possession of ephedrine and drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell near a school, endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree and possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, said Sgt. Jason Clark of the Missouri Highway Patrol.
“The information we obtained from the investigation resulted in the ability to get a search warrant,” Clark said.
The residence was within 2,000 feet of at least one elementary school and was close to two others, Clark said. The only elementary school in Centralia is Chance Elementary.
McIntyre and Voyles were being held in the Boone County Jail on $325,500 bond each.
Clark said the charge of child endangerment stems from the fact that a young girl, possibly McIntyre’s child, was in the residence.
“A large quantity” of ephedrine, which is used to make a form of meth known as “Red P,” was found in the residence, Clark said. Making Red P differs from normal meth production because producers do not use anhydrous ammonia to make it.
The East Central Drug Task Force, which pools officers, equipment and money from law enforcement agencies throughout east-central Missouri, and the Centralia Police Department aided in the investigation and raid.