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‘Lethargic’ Belleville man found in Mascoutah McDonald’s after using heroin

The man was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
The man was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

A Belleville man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after police picked him up in a Mascoutah McDonald’s on Sunday.

A customer told McDonald’s staff that Christopher Jones, 33, looked “lethargic” as he sat in the restaurant just around the corner from the restrooms, Detective Jared Lambert said.

McDonald’s employees called Mascoutah police, who arrived around 8:45 p.m. and found Jones had difficulty speaking. He told officers he had used heroin earlier that day “and was found to have an active warrant for failure to appear,” according to a press release.

Executing the warrant, police arrested Jones, searched him and found several capsules of white powder that later tested positive for heroin, according to the release. They contained less than 15 grams.

Jones was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He is being held in the St. Clair County Jail on $30,000 bail.

“We continue to see heroin every day in the news moving across the area,” Mascoutah Chief Bruce Fleshren said in the release. “And no town is immune from people abusing this drug or the effects of it. At least this was not an overdose situation, and people were concerned enough to contact the police to come to the scene and address the problem.”

Casey Bischel