JAY – Drug charges have been filed against a Kansas, OK man after drug task force officers discovered items allegedly used in cooking methamphetamines at his residence.

Perry Allen Welch, 37, has been formally charged with two felony counts including endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.

An anonymous tip regarding “suspicious drug activity” led officers to the Welch residence, located in Flint Ridge, on Feb. 25.

According to the affidavit for arrest, filed in the district court clerk’s office by Investigator Mike Eason of the District #13 DA’s office, a tip that there was a methamphetamine lab located in the Welch home was received and relayed to him by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

Eason enlisted the help of West Siloam Springs Police Chief Larry Barnett and Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies Jeremy Gatlin and Mark Berry, and the officers went to the Welch home to conduct a “knock and talk” investigation.

Officers secured the home and obtained a search warrant. During the search of the residence, numerous items allegedly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines, as well as baggies containing residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamines, were found.

Welch was arrested and transported to the Delaware County jail where he remains incarcerated in lieu of a $26,250 bond. He will return to district court on March 13 at 9:30 a.m.

 “We’re seeing an increase of meth labs again, they’re smaller, but they’re there. A citizen smelled what was described as a chemical smell and called the sheriff’s department. These labs are dangerous. They can explode. If you see or smell anything suspicious, don’t go near the area. Use caution and call the authorities,” warned Eason.