ST. JAMES – Police this week seized two methamphetamine labs in the St. James community, and at least two suspects have been charged in connection with the labs.
Steven Lawrence Harris, 56 of Waynesville, and Randolph L. Schmidt, 37 of St. James, are charged with Trafficking in Drugs/Attempt to Traffic in Drugs (1st Degree).
Bond is set for $100,000.
The identities of other suspects involved in the investigations had not been released as of press time Friday afternoon.
According to a press release published on the department's Facebook page, officers on Thursday evening received information of a possible meth lab near the 300 block of E. Scioto Street.
"There was a definite pungent odor associated with it.," said St. James Police Chief Jim Anderson. "The officer knew right away what was going on."
Anderson said the three occupants inside the home were placed under arrest. Responding officers drew their firearms during the course of the arrest, but the suspects surrendered and were taken without incident, the chief said.
The St. James Fire District was called in to keep traffic from entering the immediate area, and the South Central Drug Task Force was called in to disassemble the lab.
"Subjects were placed on a 24-hour hold pending warrant application for manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking drugs," according to information published on Facebook.
Officers later found a second meth lab at the 1100 block of West Springfield Road. The South Central Drug Task Force also removed the second laboratory from the location. Suspects for the second methamphetamine laboratory have not yet been identified, and the investigation was ongoing as of press time Friday afternoon.
Anderson said seizure of meth labs in St. James typically occurs a few times a year.
"This is definitely a yearly occurrence," he said.
A third drug-related investigation at the 100 block of North Outer Road, which led to the arrest of an unidentified male suspect for possession of synthetic drugs on Friday, was ongoing as of press time.
In other police news, the St. James Police Department is also investigating a burglary at the 300 block of North Meramec Street, along with 17 separate incidents of stealing from "unsecured motor vehicles."