Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Police report a substantial Sudafed purchase led investigators to a suspected meth lab in a man's home.
The following information was provided by the Kirkwood Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction. Wednesday, Feb. 6: At 2:12 p.m., officers were contacted about a man who purchased a large amount of Sudafed from a number of stores in the area, including Kirkwood. He was arrested in the 1200 block of South Kirkwood Road after he was found in possession of a large amount of Sudafed. Authorities said a subsequent search of the suspect’s home in St Clair, MO, found materials necessary to operate a methamphetamine lab. This investigation is ongoing, according to police. Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the Kirkwood Police Department at 314-822-5858. Anonymous tips can be made to the St. Louis …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Highland Pharmaceuticals plans to offer Zephrex-D in St. Louis pharmacies by November. The new decongestant reportedly cannot be converted into meth and might not require a prescription.
A new decongestant set for sale in St. Louis area pharmacies in November is touted as meth-resistant and gaining support by area drug agents. Zephrex-D, manufactured by Maryland Heights based Highland Pharmaceuticals, is a new pseudoephedrine product that police and the drug's maker hope will stop meth cooks in their tracks. "St. Louis is our test market and it's our opportunity to get some consumer learning and make sure all of our systems are going to work before we roll out nationally," Paul Hemings, with Highland Pharmaceuticals, tells Patch. "The reason we picked St. Louis, one we're headquartered here, and two, Missouri has the largest meth problem in the U.S. It's considered 'Meth Capitol U.S.A.' So what better place to start?" In…
Monday, July 16, 2012
Glendale police caught a driver in possession of pseudoephedrine. The suspect is accused of intending to sell the substance for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.
The following arrest information was provided by the Glendale Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction. A 39-year-old man from Dexter, MO, was charged Friday in St. Louis County Circuit Court with one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (pseudoephedrine) with the Intent to Sell the Substance to Assist in the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, according to Glendale police. Glendale officers arrested the man in February during a traffic stop at Manchester and Berry roads. RELATED STORIES: METH BUST: 21 Arrested Bought Pseudoephedrine in Kirkwood Nine Suspects Indicted on Meth Conspiracy Charges Part 1: Is Meth Moving Into Your Neighborhood? Part 2: Is Meth Moving Into Your Neighborhood?
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Kirkwood Police Department aided Franklin and Jefferson County Police in the operation. Charges in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Twenty one people were arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of being part of a methamphetamine manufacturing and distributing network operating from 2009 to 2011, reports KMOX St. Louis. Sergeant Jason Grellner, Franklin County Narcotics Unit, told KMOX the individuals arrested had been discovered to be buying pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth, from Kirkwood drug stores, were a prescription for drugs containing pseudoephedrine is not required. Grellner told KMOX Kirkwood Police assisted in the operation. “The arrest of these individuals signals our Agency’s continuing commitment to eliminate the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, a problem which plagues many of our rural counties and poses a serious health risk to …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Is meth moving into St. Louis County? What to watch for, plus a new drug that could eliminate the meth making process.
Franklin County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Jason Grellner has been busting meth labs since 1997. As the President of the Missouri Narcotics Association and the Unit Commander of the Franklin County Narcotics Unit, which works in conjunction with the St. Louis County Drug Task Force, he's also been following meth trends and knows where meth hot spots are around Missouri. He warns St. Louis County residents that meth is moving to their community and as previously reported by Patch has shared the numbers he said supports his claim. "There aren't many crimes we can stop in the end, but meth labs is one we can. And the only reason we haven't is is because the pharmaceutical companies are spending millions of dollars fighting us and the …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
If you ask the president of the Missouri Narcotics Association whose been tracking meth down for more than 15 years, the answer is "Yes."
Franklin County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Jason Grellner makes finding meth his mission. He's the President of the Missouri Narcotics Association and the Unit Commander of the Franklin County Narcotics Unit which works in conjunction with the St. Louis County Drug Task Force. Grellner said meth started showing up in the St. Louis area in 1996. That is 20 years after the FDA changed the drug pseudoephedrine, a decongestant that is also the key ingredient for making meth, from requiring a prescription to an over-the-counter drug. The FDA made that change in 1976. "Missouri has been the leader in meth labs for over a decade. 2010 was the only year we weren't ranked number one, Tennessee took us over and we were back as number one in 2011…