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Police find rolling meth lab in routine traffic stop

DESLOGE — A traffic stop early Tuesday morning in Desloge resulted in the discovery of a rolling methamphetamine lab, according to authorities.

Desloge Police Chief James Bullock said the incident occurred at 2:28 a.m. on State Street.

“Officer Brandon Scherffius observed a blue Buick traveling along State Street with what appeared to be a defective tail light lens,” Bullock said. “Officer Scherffius ran a check on the license plate and the plates came back registered to a Chevrolet.”

Bullock said Scherffius initiated a traffic stop at that point at the intersection of State Street and Pride Drive.

“When Officer Scherffius requested the driver’s license and registration, the subject said that his license had been suspended. A check with central dispatch confirmed the driver’s license had been revoked. The subject was then placed under arrest.”

Bullock said Scherffius asked the subject if there were illegal substances inside the vehicle and the subject had said no.

“During a search of the vehicle, which was consented to by the subject, two bags of a white powdery substance were found,” Bullock said. “The substance field tested positive to be methamphetamine. A further search inside the trunk of the vehicle uncovered precursors and hardware used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”

Bullock said charges are being sought against the 23-year-old Park Hills man for felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and felony drug violations of distributing, delivering and manufacturing of methamphetamine. The subject was transported to the St. Francois County Jail.

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