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Police execute search warrant at Farmington home

FARMINGTON – When local authorities executed an arrest warrant for a Farmington man Thursday, they uncovered items that could lead to additional charges.

The Mineral Area Drug Task Force executed the warrant at the home of Roy Berghaus Jr., 40, Farmington. The warrant was issued for Berghaus’ arrest stemming from incident that occurred on May 11.

“While searching him (Berghaus), we found a foil wrapper containing a substance which field tested positive to be methamphetamine,” said Donnie Crump of the Mineral Area Drug Task Force. “We also noticed a burn pile on the property which contained camping fuel cans, punched starting fluid cans, peeled batteries and glassware. We got a search warrant and found chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamaphetmine.”

The arrest warrant stemmed from charges filed by the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney’s office on May 25. The charges include possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture and possession of any methamphetamine precursor drug with the intend to manufacturing methamphetamine.

According to the probable cause statement, a Mineral Area Drug Task Force officer observed Berghaus leaving the parking lot of the Farmington Wal-Mart Supercenter on May 11. A computer check revealed Berghaus did not have a valid Missouri driver’s license.

The officer followed Berghaus to Walgreen’s and then to Plummer’s Hardware. After leaving Plummer’s Hardware, Berghaus proceeded south along Highway 67. The officer requested that the Farmington Police Department pull Berghaus over.

After pulling the vehicle over, consent was granted to search the vehicle. During the search two bottles of Red Devil Lye, one box of Contac cold pills, one container containing four lithium batteries and a red two and a half gallon gas container was found.

The officer said upon questioning Berghaus about the items, no logical explanation was given for possessing the items.

On Jan. 9 the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Berghaus with possession of a controlled substance, possession of chemicals with the intent to create a controlled substance and trafficking in the first degree: methamphetamine as a result of two separate arrests made on Jan. 8.

In late November Berghaus was arrested at the St. Francois County Courthouse while he was attempting to pay on some bad checks. At the time Berghaus was wanted by police for drug trafficking. Court records indicate that Berghaus was found with four individual packages of meth and a large amount of cash when he was arrested at the courthouse.

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