Man charged with running meth operation out of St. Charles home

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 8:01 PM

(KMOV) – A St. Charles man is accused of running a meth lab operation out of an acquaintance’s home.

 

Patrick Corbett, 44, was charged Feb. 5 with manufacturing meth, possession of meth and possession of chemicals with intent to create meth.

According to court documents, an officer went to investigate a home in the 220 block of Boones Lick in St. Charles after receiving an anonymous tip that the occupants were buying large amounts of meth-making materials.

Detectives did surveillance on the home and noticed Corbett and the homeowner drive away. They were stopped by police at 1315 Bass Pro Dr.

The homeowner then gave officers consent to search her home.  She told police Corbett and a family member has been using her home for the past three or four months to produce and sell meth.

Police said she told officers she often allowed customers to use meth inside her home to avoid police suspicion. She also said Corbett had a large meth lab in the basement and had about 10 grams of meth in his possession.

Authorities said officers searched the home and found numerous meth-manufacturing products, including a gas generator, a black satchel bag containing filters, an empty 32 oz soda bottle, a milk crate containing lye, sulfuric acid and Coleman camp fuel.

They also found the meth the homeowner had said was in Corbett’s possession.

While at the home, police said another man came up looking to sell meth to Corbett in exchange for a place to stay.

According to court documents, Corbett has 11 previous convictions ranging from burglary and assault to drug possession.

He’s being held in the St. Charles County jail on $75,000 cash-only bond.

 

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