BAXTER SPRINGS - Two Baxter Springs residents are in jail today after investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department allegedly found a meth lab operating in their residence.
Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said sheriff's investigators had interviewed 19-year old James Michael Kiels and Kren Bryan Blakely, 30, as part of an investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing. Groves said detectives obtained enough information from the interview to get a search warrant and served it Wednesday.
According to a release from Groves, during the course of the search, officers discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab, including chemicals in various stages of the manufacturing process, along with finished product.
Kiels and Blakely were both arrested at the scene.
Kiels has been formally charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of ephedrine or other precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture meth, possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held on $100,000 bond.
Blakely has not yet been formally charged and may be released within hours.
The arrests come on the heels of an earlier, unrelated case in which seven people in Baxter Springs were arrested on meth charges last week.