Four arrested after federal meth investigation

Thursday, April 7, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:20 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

Four Columbia residents were arrested Wednesday on felony narcotics charges, including one man who was the target of an 18-month federal methamphetamine investigation.

Blake Edward Idel, 20, was arrested on a federal warrant for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, Columbia police Sgt. Will Green said in a release. Idel’s arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation conducted by Columbia police and the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group Drug Task Force that targeted the manufacture and production of meth in mid-Missouri., police said.

During the arrest, officers found other individuals in the apartment on Mehl Road and evidence of a meth lab, police said. A subsequent search warrant led to the discovery of about six grams of methamphetamine, equipment used to manufacture it and other drug paraphernalia, police said.

According to the release, Daniel Evan Beshears, 38, Dani Michelle Hainen, 26, and Margaret Ann Geibel, 20, were arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture controlled substances.

Idel was taken to the Federal Courthouse in Jefferson City, where he was released to the U.S. Marshals Service, police said.

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