Three Piedmont residents have been jailed for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamines. The trio was arrested Sunday night around 10 p.m. after the SEMO Drug Task Force, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, and Piedmont Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence about eight miles from Piedmont.
Arrested were Clinton G. Million, 38; Suzette Shawntell Million, 39; and Christopher E. Shoemake, 41. They are currently incarcerated at the Wayne County Jail. Bond for each of the Millions has been set at $30,000 cash only. Shoemake is being held without bond. They have also been charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
According to a probable cause affidavit written by Highway Patrolman Richard Ayers, a drug investigation Sunday revealed possible drug activity at the Millions’ residence. Authorities applied for a search warrant and it was granted. Ayers said that the trio had been placed in the St. Louis area buying pseudoephedrine pills earlier that day.
When authorities arrived at the residence, two males were seen inside a shed. The officers approached the residence and announced and executed the search warrant.
“As we approached the shed, two white males (who were later identified as Christopher Shoemake and Clinton Million) exited the shed and were ordered to the ground,” Ayers wrote in the probable cause affidavit. “Both subjects were placed in handcuffs. The shed was open and in plain view was an active methamphetamine laboratory.”
“Both subjects were placed under arrest and informed of the search warrant for the residence and all outbuildings,” Ayers continued. Both men were advised of their Miranda rights, according to Ayers. Inside the residence, Suzette Shawntell Million was informed of the search warrant.
“Several items used in the production of methamphetamine were located in the shed, such as a plastic bottle containing liquids, lithium batteries, pseudoephedrine pills, Coleman fuel, salt, drain cleaner, and lye,” Ayers said. “The pills had been crushed and broken down with a blender. Lithium batteries had been broken open and the lithium strips had been removed.”
Ayers said both males advised authorities that they had “used methamphetamine and were going to cut a cut of the finished methamphetamine after the cooking process was completed.
“The female advised she bought the pseudoephedrine pills knowing that the pills would be used to manufacture methamphetamine,” Ayers said.