St. Charles man charged after couple found with meth chemicals, other drugs

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 7:00 PM

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) – A St. Charles man faces charges after police say they found an assortment of drugs during a traffic stop on October 2.

 

James Vitale, 47, was charged Wednesday with possession of chemicals with intent to make a controlled substance, controlled substance possession and marijuana possession.

Police said officers spotted Vitale, who authorities say is a known methamphetamine user, sitting in his truck in the parking lot of a Walgreens in the 12300 block of St. Charles Rock Road in Bridgeton.

Authorities said a woman then met up with Vitale and the couple drove to St. Charles.

Officers pulled them over after Vitale failed to signal two lanes changes near the intersection of Friedens Road and southbound Highway 94.

Vitale game police permission to search the vehicle and officers found a small amount of crack cocaine, two boxes of pseudoephedrine and some marijuana on the woman.

Police said they interviewed the suspects, who both admitted to buying the pseudoephedrine to give to a person to cook meth. Vitale told officers he’d bought the substance about a dozen times to give to the same meth cook in exchange for the finished drug.

According to authorities, the woman told detectives the crack cocaine and marijuana belonged to her and Vitale. She told officers Vitale asked her to hide them in her clothing after they got pulled over.

The woman, who has been identified, has not yet been charged.

 

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