3 charged with intent to manufacture meth near a school

Three men apparently forgot to add fuel to a car. That forgetful decision resulted in all three being arrested and charged with intent to manufacture drugs near a Hannibal school.

A Hannibal Police Department officer responded to the area of Palmyra Road near Hannibal Middle School on a report of a stalled vehicle. When the officer arrived at the scene, three men — later identified as Josh Rickey, 28, of Hannibal, Austin Rickey, 22, of Hannibal, and Kenny Schwieter, 30, of Shelbyville — were sitting in the stalled car. According to a probable cause statement, one of the men told the officer the car had run out of gas.

As the officer blocked traffic to allow the car to roll west on Palmyra Road into the Hannibal Middle School parking lot, one of the suspects allegedly threw a plastic bag out of the window.

The officer retrieved the bag, the contents of which positively tested for methamphetamine.

Austin Rickey and Josh Rickey were apprehended at the scene, where additional narcotics and paraphernalia — including methamphetamine, Alprazolam, Pseudoephedrine and other materials consistent with the manufacture of meth — were located.

Both of the Rickeys were placed into custody. Schwieter, who had left the scene on foot, was apprehended a short time later at Huck Finn Shopping Center.

The Rickeys both told officers that Schwieter threw the bag out of the car window.

All three men were charged with intent to manufacture a controlled near a school, a class B felony.

Austin Rickey was additionally charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony.

Schwieter was detained on outstanding warrants.

All three were taken to the Marion County Jail.