Benton County Deputies Bust Meth Lab, Suspects Nabbed By K-9 Units

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GARFIELD (KFSM) – The Benton County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division busted a methamphetamine lab on Wednesday evening (Sept. 24), and six suspects were arrested, deputies say.

The investigation started late on Tuesday night (Sept. 23) when two men fled from a traffic stop. They were identified as Jeromy Penny, 27, of Missouri and Paul R. Cline, 46, of Garfield, according to deputies.

Authorities called in K-9 units to help find the suspects, and after a short search, Penny was caught. Cline was later found hiding in a residence in Garfield, deputies say.

Four other occupants of the home Cline was hiding in were eventually arrested after a search of the residence revealed several components of a meth lab, according to deputies.

The four occupants of the residence were identified as Robert Babcock, 34, Jinifer Babcock, 34, Tyler Jermain, 18, and Tonya Elders, 29, all of Garfield, deputies said.

Penny was cited on suspicion of fleeing and refusal to submit to arrest, according to deputies.

Cline was booked into the Benton County Jail and faces a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture meth and a parole violation, deputies said.

The other four suspects were booked into the Benton County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to deputies.

All suspects with the exception of Penny have arraignments scheduled in Division Two Benton County Circuit Court on Oct. 27 at 8 a.m., deputies said.