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Child Welfare check leads to meth bust
A welfare check on a child turned into a meth lab bust for a sheriff’s department drug detective on New Year’s Day.Arrested on charges of initiation of a process intended to manufacture methamphetamine was 39-year-old Scott Lynn Sykes of Smithville.According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, the detective went to Sykes' home on Alexander Street check on a small child at the residence.Sykes reportedly gave the detective consent to search the home, where rubber tubing, a 20-ounce Pepsi bottle, acid, ice compresses that had been cut open, a plastic baggie with a white substance believed to be lye, and pliers and cutters were found on a bedroom.Ray said the detective also found a two-liter bottle partially filled with lighter fluid, an empty Kingsford fluid container and a 16-ounce bottle partially filled with acid in the kitchen.Sykes allegedly admitted that the items belonged to him.He was arrested and the house was placed under quarantine.His bond was set at $60,000 and he will appear in court on Jan. 17.Meanwhile, Amy Jeanette Lawson, 35, was charged with introduction of drugs into a penal institution on Jan. 6.Ray said that after Lawson was booked into the jail, correctional officers found her asleep and had difficulty waking her. After she awoke, the officers allegedly found her to be very unstable and unsteady on her feet. A search reportedly revealed two plastic baggies of pills in her bra.One bag allegedly contained several broken pills, while the other held two white pills, believed to be Xanax.Her bond was set at $10,000, and she will appear in court on Jan. 10.Ross Matthew Peterson, 23, was charged with theft of property over $1,000 for an alleged November credit card theft.