Five suspected meth "cooks" arrested

STEELE, MO (KAIT) – An undercover operation lands five Southeast Missouri men behind bars, accused of trying to make meth.

Agents with the Bootheel Drug Task Force and the Steele Police Department joined forces recently to target meth "cooks" in Steele. Agents conducted surveillance at several locations where known "cooks" bought the ingredients used to make meth.

On May 12th officers spotted two men purchasing pseudoephedrine.  Investigators questioned Jeremy Harrison of Hayti and Joshua Robins of Caruthersville.  During the questioning, agents say Harrison admitted he had been cooking meth every day for the past 10 months.  He also apparently told officers he usually sold two grams of the drug every day.

Harrison was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.  He's being held at the Pemiscot County Detention Center in lieu of $75,000 bond.  Robins bond was set at $50,000.  He's also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Two hours after arresting Harrison and Robins officers say they spotted three other men buying pseudoephedrine in Steele.  During a traffic stop, agents say they found numerous items to make meth in the suspects' car.

Billy Goforth of Steele was arrested and charged with attempt to manufacture a controlled substance.  He's being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.  The other two men, who are from Malden, are still awaiting charges.

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