4 face meth-related charges after Metro East woman found dead in U-Haul

4 face meth-related charges after Metro East woman found dead in U-Haul

4 face meth-related charges after Metro East woman found dead in U-Haul

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 10:48 AM

SOUTH ROXANA, Ill. -- Four southwestern Illinois men face methamphetamine-related charges following the February death of a woman whose body was found in a rental van.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Madison County prosecutors charged two of the men with aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing. All four are accused of unlawfully disposing of meth manufacturing waste.

Authorities say 42-year-old Frances Ragan of East Alton was found dead Feb. 8 in a South Roxana store parking lot.

South Roxana police Lt. Bob Cole says the official cause of Ragan’s death was ruled to be hypothermia, though methamphetamine was found in her system.

Cole alleges the four men manufactured and dealt meth, and that Ragan partook in it.

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