Tip Leads to Three Arrests, Meth Charges in O'Fallon
Drug Task Force detectives said they smelled the chemical odor of meth as they drove by the home.
Three people were charged Thursday with making and possessing methamphetamine in O’Fallon after authorities received a tip about a meth lab.
Charged with making and possessing methamphetamine were:
- Timothy Collins, 35, of the first block of Oak Drive in St. Peters;
- Michael A. Perkins, 51, of the first block of Princess Lane in Wentzville;
- Carla Fay Hopkins, 42, of Curryville, MO.
Acting on a tip, St. Charles County Drug Task Force members went to a mobile home July 10 on Thoroughbred Drive in O’Fallon and saw two men leave the house and get in a pickup truck. As detectives drove past the house, they smelled a strong chemical odor from cooking meth, according to a task force report.
Detectives arranged to have the truck stopped by St. Charles County deputies while detectives checked out the house. Inside the home, they found Hopkins and a fully functioning meth lab in the kitchen, two grams of meth and meth ingredients. They also found a trashcan in front of the home with remains from used meth ingredients and equipment, which was the strong odor source.
Hopkins told detectives she went with Collins to a Walgreens in Chesterfield to buy pseudoephedrine and cold packs for meth ingredients.
After the traffic stop, Perkins told detectives they would find a meth lab in the residence at the mobile home they just left.
Bond was set at $20,000 each for Collins, Perkins and Hopkins.