STANFORD — Seven Lincoln County residents have been arrested on charges they were baking methamphetamine in a Logan Avenue house.
Six people were arrested Saturday night, after Lincoln sheriff's deputies surrounded the home in downtown Stanford.
Deputies were initially attempting to arrest Crab Orchard resident Edward T. Jolly, 31, who was wanted for a parole violation in Arkansas, Sheriff Curt Folger said.
When Deputy Ryan Kirkpatrick approached the front door, Stanford resident Daren Walls, 31, fled out the back of the building, Folger said.
Walls was detained and the sheriff's office received permission from the homeowner, Deborah Cornelius, to search the house, Folger said.
While in the house, law enforcement officers observed a one-step, "shake and bake" meth lab "in plain sight," Folger said.
"By the chemical smell that was smelled, we knew what we had," he said.
Folger said Jolly was found in the attic and officers attempted to reach him by ladder outside the residence to avoid fumes from the meth lab.
When Jolly realized officers were nearing, he went back down in the house and hid under a bed, Folger said.
“He refused to come out from under the bed,” he said, adding it didn’t take long for officers to arrest him.
Jolly, Walls and four others — Susan Blevins, 40, of Crab Orchard; Kelly Beyersdoerfer, 39 of Stanford; Troy Martin, 38, of Stanford; and Eric Board, 30, of Stanford — were arrested on the scene and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
Jolly was also charged with resisting arrest and Walls was also charged with fleeing or evading police, according to the sheriff's office.
The homeowner, Cornelius, was not arrested Saturday, but she was arrested Monday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
Folger said at this point in the investigation, he doesn't want to comment on why Cornelius wasn't arrested Saturday.
All seven people were being held in the Lincoln County Regional Jail without bonds as of Monday afternoon.
A state police hazmat team was called in to handle cleanup of the meth lab.
Editor's note: Advocate-Messenger staff writer Stephanie Collins contributed to this report.