Two Benton men jailed on charges of making meth

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

BENTON, Mo. -- Two Benton men were in the Scott County jail Tuesday, allegedly caught with the ingredients to make methamphetamine.

John K. Ikerman, 36, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of ephedrine with the intent to manufacture, possession of chemicals and endangering the welfare of a child. Bond is set at $200,000.

His nephew, Joseph Ikerman, 23, is charged with possession of chemicals. Bond is set at $50,000.

Scott County deputies, acting on a tip, stopped John Ikerman's vehicle Sunday and found the makings for meth inside, said Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell.

Deputies and an agent with the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force then searched the two men's homes, finding drug paraphernalia in John Ikerman's house, said police reports.

Officers also found several guns and two children in the house, including a 3-year-old.

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