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      Three meth suspects get stuck in mud

      The following is a press release from the Adair County Sheriff's Office:

      The Adair County Sheriff TMs Office wishes to thank the citizens of Adair County for their vigilance and assistance in the apprehension of three individuals for alleged possession of methamphetamine precursors.

      At approximately 8:12 a.m. Friday, an alert citizen contacted the 9-1-1 Center and reported that a car was in a ditch on Hedgepath Lane east of Millard. Upon the arrival of a deputy, an unoccupied green Pontiac was observed sitting on the side of the road. As the deputy was checking on this vehicle a white male was observed moving through a wooded area near the vehicle. When challenged by the deputy to stop, the man continued into the woods and disappeared. The deputy requested assistance and other deputies and a Highway Patrol Trooper responded to the area.

      While awaiting back-up the deputy observed a tire air tank in the back seat of the vehicle which had discolored valves that can be an indicator of the presence of anhydrous ammonia. A Sheriff TMs Office Reserve Deputy responded to the scene to inspect the vehicle with a trained K-9. The K-9 alerted to the vehicle indicating the presence of illicit materials.

      While an area search was being conducted another observant resident contacted the 9-1-1 Center and reported the presence of two individuals trespassing on their property in the area of Hedgepath Lane. Deputies responded and made contact with Jaysen White, 36, and Nicole Fraley, 33, both of Kirksville, walking through a field. White and Fraley advised deputies that they had been operating the abandoned Pontiac.

      Deputies obtained consent to search the vehicle from White. Upon conducting a search the deputies discovered the vehicle contained a considerable amount of materials considered to be precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Field tests of some of the materials provided positive results for illegal substances.

      In the meantime, employees for the City of Kirksville observed a white male running in the area of the lagoon in Millard. The white male was muddy and dressed in camouflage. Upon the arrival of a deputy and trooper in the area they observed the male running. The male then attempted to hide from them in a brush area. The deputy and trooper located the male and identified him as Clayton Munn, 21, of Kirksville. White stated that Munn had been with them in the Pontiac.

      All three subjects are charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine. All are currently being held in the Adair County Detention Center on $75,000 cash only bond each.