Two traffic stops, two suspected meth cases and four arrests

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POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - One officer, two traffic stops and four methamphetamine-related arrests make for a busy Monday in Poplar Bluff.

According to a news release, Poplar Bluff Police Officer Josh Stewart stopped a Pontiac Grand Prix at 12th and Gardner just before 7:00 p.m. The report says Stewart had received information that the subject in the vehicle was purchasing pseudoephedrine tablets.

After reportedly running multiple stop signs, Officer Stewart reportedly pulled the vehicle over, finding 10 pseudoephedrine pills and a 2-liter bottle containing "a white sludge and lithium strips." The report describes this as the "shake and bake method."

Robert W. Smith Jr. was arrested for possession of ephedrine and attempting to manufacture a controlled substance.

A short time later, just after 10:00 p.m., Officer Stewart stopped a Dodge Dakota driven by Ripley J. Dillie after the officer said he failed to stop at the intersection of 5th and Park. Also in the vehicle were Michael J. Melvin and Anthony D. Richard, who allegedly fled on foot while speaking with officers.

Richard was caught however and on his person, police say they found methamphetamine precursors. They also say they found the same in the vehicle.

All three of these men were arrested and charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine precursors.

All of the four suspects arrested Monday were transported to jail.

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