Police arrested two Columbia residents on drug charges on Thursday after an earlier domestic violence call revealed signs of a methamphetamine lab at a residence.
“While we were inside the house, we saw what appears to be meth, meth precursors and drug paraphernalia,” Columbia police Capt. Brad Nelson said.
Police responded to a report of a disturbance with a knife around 10 a.m. on Thursday at 202 Pinewood Drive. The police had received a call that a man and a woman were fighting in the yard, and they were told the woman may have been harmed in the fight.
When six squad cars arrived on the scene, the two people had gone inside the house. The police then considered the possibility of a hostage situation.
“We consider a hostage-type situation once they’re inside and nobody is answering the door,” Nelson said. “We had the bull horn; they know we’re out here.”
Police broke down the front door and entered the house, fearing for the safety of the woman mentioned in the call. Police took Edward D. Baker, 44, into custody. The woman, Linda Daniels, 44, was injured in the fight. She sustained cuts on her shoulder, though police said she was not stabbed.
Police said they noticed the components of meth when they were in the house and applied for a search warrant.
The search resulted in a half gram of methamphetamine, a large amount of pseudoephedrine tablets, chemicals and other substances used to make meth, scales and other drug paraphernalia, according to a press release from Columbia police Sgt. Bryan Piester.
After the search, police arrested Daniels. She and Baker were charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of ephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, the release said.
Baker had been charged earlier in the day with third-degree assault. In March, Baker pled guilty to another charge of third-degree assault and was fined $300.
Ted and Marie Christian have lived across the street for 20 years. They said they’ve always been leery of the residents of 202 Pinewood, who had only been there for a couple months.
“They fought a lot,” Marie Christian said. “They’d come home, and they were screaming at each other.”
Daniels and Baker were transported to Boone County Jail on Thursday evening. Bond for Baker was set at $11,500 and for Daniels at $10,500.
— Missourian reporter Andrea Latta contributed to this report.