Meth labs found in Dupo and Cahokia -- what's the connection?

News-DemocratSeptember 20, 2013 

Four men now face methamphetamine charges that can be traced back to a disturbance in Dupo Tuesday.

Two of those men were charged in connection with a meth lab found in a Dupo trailer park Tuesday, two more were charged in connection with a meth lab found in Cahokia Thursday.

Both meth labs have one common denominator: James L. Thomas, 32, of 902 St. Matthews in Cahokia.

On Tuesday police responded to the McBride Avenue mobile home park on a report of a disturbance, according to St. Clair County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Lt. Scott Weymouth. When they arrived, deputies discovered the meth lab.

Thomas was the victim of the disturbance and had been beaten. Paramedics could not immediately attend to him due to the meth operation because it created a dangerous situation for emergency responders.

Thomas was taken to St. Louis University Hospital for treatment.

Thomas was charged with the unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials and his bond was set at $100,000 in connection with the Dupo meth lab and Richard L. Simms, 42, of 488 McBride Ave. in Dupo, also was charged.

On Thursday police learned Thomas had left the hospital, and, acting on additional information, found him at 1808 Harvest Drive in Cahokia, where police also found a second meth lab and netted additional charges for two more men.

The two Cahokia men were arrested by members of the St. Clair County Sheriff Drug Tactical Unit, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Cahokia Police at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at the residence at 1808 Harvest Drive.

John Satterfield, 29, and Sean M. Flynn, 39, were both charged by the St. Clair County State's Attorney's office Friday in connection with the Cahokia meth lab.

Satterfield was charged with the unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials and Flynn was charged with the unlawful possession of methamphetamines. Bail for Satterfield was set at $100,000 and bail for Flynn was set at $25,000.

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