PETTIS COUNTY, Mo. — A tip-off from a Sedalia woman led authorities to uncover a meth production operation December 29.

Sedalia police were contacted about a chemical odor at a residence in the 500 block of East 36th Street in Sedalia on Friday, December 29.

Upon arrival, one resident, who informed authorities of the possible meth lab, showed officers to the garage, where the chemical odor was strongest.

In the garage, investigators allegedly found a bottle containing a number of mixed liquids, a bottle of lighter fuel, a bottle of drain cleaner and a bottle of mineral spirits.

The liquid in the bottle, which later tested positive as methamphetamine, measured out to a weight of nearly 90 grams when logged into evidence.

The man accused of producing the meth, Robert Paul Bemiss, 28, was arrested and is now formally charged with felonies for trafficking or attempting to traffic drugs in the first degree and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia – amphetamine or methamphetamine.

Bemiss is behind bars at the Pettis County Jail, held on $100,000 bond, cash or surety allowed. Future court dates are pending.