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SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Two police agencies arrested several people in two separate drug arrests. 

Officials say the new "shake and bake" (one pot) method of producing methamphetamine is now allowing this illegal drug to make quite a comeback in the Heartland.

Sikeston Public Safety and the SEMO Drug Task Force arrested several people during two different stings for methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine purchases. Most of the subjects charged are for possession of, or the precursors to manufacture meth. Others were arrested for outstanding warrants.

Sikeston Department of Public Safety Sergeant Jim McMillen says the following were arrested, with charges filed through Scott County:

Rebecca Payne, 41, of Doniphan is charged is manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. She has a $100,000 cash only bond.

William Graham, 30, of Doniphan is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. He has a $100,000 cash only bond.

Tina Pipkin, 37, of Marston is charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of a precursor to manufacture meth. She has a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

Caleb Cameron, 19, of Marson is charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance and possessi9on of a precursor to manufacture meth. He has a $75,000 cash or surety bond.

Mary Vinson, 44, of East Prairie was arrested for outstanding warrants through Scott County. Five counts of "doctor shopping." She has a $25,000 cash or surety bond.

Those arrested with charges filed through New Madrid County are the following:

Tammy Umfleet, 50, of Portageville is charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of a precursor to manufacture meth. She has a $10,000 cash only bond.

Louis Ashby, 45, of Portageville is charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance  and possession of a precursor to manufacture meth. He has a $10,000 cash only bond.

James Bula, 50, of Portageville is charged with attempting to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of a precursor to manufacture meth. He has a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

Ladonna Conner, 28, of Broseley is charged with possession of a precursor to manufacture meth. She has a $2,500 cash or surety bond.

Glen Yandell Jr., 24, of Poplar Bluff is charged with possession of a precursor to manufacture meth. He has a $2,500 cash or surety bond.

Kevin Wallace, 24, of Poplar Bluff is charged with possession of a precursor to manufacture meth. He has a $2,500 cash or surety bond.

Stacy Darnell, 32 of Poplar Bluff is charged with possession of a precursor to manufacture meth. Darnell has a $2,500 cash or surety bond.

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, these arrests came from four vehicle stops after police developed probable cause in believing these people were purchasing ingredients to make meth.

Police state that the "monitoring of the sales of pseudoephedrine at local retailers is one way to combat the problem." Police say the two stings led to several arrests and the discovery of meth labs and finished product.

Over 85 percent of pseudoephedrine sales in Sikeston were sold to out-of-town people, according to Sgt. McMillen.

Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient that meth cooks need.

Poplar Bluff and Kennett have passed ordinances to require a doctor's prescription to purchase the drug. Police say although it may not stop meth production, it will severely hamper its production.

Missouri does not currently have a statewide database on pseudoephedrine sales, but the state legislature is considering it.

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