September 27, 2001

Memphis PD Busts Apparent Meth Lab, Nabs Two Iowa Escapees

Two escapees from the Iowa Department of Corrections were arrested in Memphis September 19th in an investigation that also unearthed a possible meth lab at a Memphis residence.

Sidney J. Funk, 39, and Ronald A. Dixon, 25, were arrested by the Memphis Police Department. MPD officers had received information that the two men might be in Scotland County.

On September 19, Police Chief Terry Simerl made contact with Dixon at a residence on Clay Street. A foot-pursuit ensued and Dixon was captured at the intersection of Mety and Adams streets.

Funk was then taken into custody at 410 N. Clay Street. Following his arrest at the residence, a search warrant was issued for the property. The search of the residence uncovered numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia as well as the precursors commonly used in the illegal manufacturing of meth-amphetamine.

Melanie D. Blake, 35, of Memphis was arrested at the residence. She was charged with two counts of felony hindrance of prosecution. She also faces felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and felony attempt to manufacture a controlled substance.

Both Funk and Dixon also face felony charges of attempt to manufacture a controlled substance to go along with numerous Iowa charges stemming from their escapes from custody.

Blake is being held on $100,000 cash bond in the Clark County Jail. Dixon and Funk are being held in the Scotland County Jail on $100,000 bond each.

The Memphis Police Department was assisted by the North Missouri Drug Task Force and the Adair County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit.

The Scotland County Sheriff's Department stated information revealed in the investigation indicated the possibility of a mobile meth manufacturing site. The department asked any residents noticing peculiar vehicles on county roads to contact the department at 465-2106.

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