A moving van traveling from Pennsylvania to Oregon was stopped by police in Cahokia who found two children, a prison escapee wanted in Pennsylvania and the makings of a meth lab inside the cargo area.
The van was stopped in the 2200 block of Camp Jackson Road Monday by Cahokia Officer Kyle Waddington and Cahokia K-9 Officer Gary Craig after they received a call about a U-Haul van and people acting suspiciously in the back of it. The van was stopped because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, according to St. Clair County Sheriff's Lt. Kurt Eversman.
Three people were in the cab of the truck and when officers asked whether anyone was in the back, they were told there were. When officers opened the back of the moving van they found three people, including two juveniles aged 15 and 13, and a man wanted for escape in Pennsylvania.
The three people in the cab of van were taken into custody and officers found a substance believed to be methamphetamine in the cab and a loaded .45 caliber handgun.
Officers noticed a strong chemical odor often associated with meth labs in the cargo area of the van and contacted the Sheriff's Department Drug Tactical Unit. The Drug Tactical Unit obtained a warrant to search the van and found chemicals commonly used to make meth and noticed the back of the van looked like someone had been living in it. Officers believe the two children and the man wanted for escape had been living in the van since Pennsylvania, Eversman said.
The driver of the van, Daniel Brown, 34, of 8709 Park Crestwood Drive in St. Louis, had a warrant in St. Clair County. He is also the father of the two children in the back of the moving van. He was charged with the unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and child endangerment. His bail was set at $100,000.
Joshua A. Baker, 27, of 119 West Pine in Central Point, Oregon, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He is also wanted on a warrant out of Pennsylvania for escaping police custody. His bail was set at $40,000.
Tiffany Streams, 30, of #5 Diamond Patch Road in Villa Ridge, Mo. was charged with the unlawful possession of meth and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Her bond was set at $30,000.
All three adults remain in custody at the St. Clair County Jail.
The children were returned to the custody of their mother, who lives in St. Louis.