According to information provided by the Clay County Justice Center, John S. Laffoon Jr., 40, Christopher I. Payton, 40, and Shawnacy C. Turpin, 22, are currently incarcerated on individual $7,000 cash bonds (with no 10-percent allowed) for allegations of their involvement with the manufacture of methamphetamine, theft and illegal weapon charges.
At approximately 4:20 a.m., Monday, a Clay County Sheriff's Department patrol deputy witnessed Laffoon allegedly swerving his truck across the centerline of an undisclosed rural county road. During a traffic stop, the deputy saw an altered storage tank -- which officials say can be used in the theft and storage of anhydrous ammonia -- in the back of the truck when he approached the vehicle.
During questioning, the deputy witnessed Turpin sending suspicious text messages to an unidentified person about the traffic stop. The couple also informed the deputy a third individual, Payton, had been dropped off near an undisclosed anhydrous storage facility with a 4-wheeler.
The three suspects were taken into custody and transported to the CCJC for booked with the following:
* Laffoon for preliminary charges of theft, maintaining a common nuisance and meth drug lab,
* Turpin for charges of visiting a common nuisance, illegal drug lab and theft, and
* Payton for charges of trespass, illegal drug lab, theft, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of an unlicensed weapon and felony possession of firearms.
Further information is unavailable as the investigation into the matter continues.