Marijuana Refund Doesn't Help Man Avoid Drug Charge
A Drug Task Force detective said the man suspected he was an undercover officer and returned $150 and asked for his marijuana back.
A St. Charles man, who suspected a marijuana buyer was an undercover officer, refunded the St. Charles County Drug Task Force detective his money Oct. 29, according to a police report. However, a search of the home a week later uncovered enough evidence to charge the man, police said.
James Meyer, 22, of the 1500 block of Boone’s Lick Road in St. Charles, was charged Thursday with distributing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Drug Task Force detective said he went to Meyer’s home to buy marijuana for $150. Meyer said he suspected he was an undercover officer and asked for the marijuana back, according to court documents. He told the detective he is a convicted felon and could not afford to be caught selling marijuana, the officer said.
The undercover officer said he held the marijuana in his hand and smelled it. He also saw about ¼-pound of marijuana in a safe in Meyer’s bedroom.
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Drug Task Force detectives executed a search warrant on the home. During a search of Meyer’s bedroom, they found a safe containing $1,700, and he safe and cash smelled strongly of marijuana, police said.
Detectives reported finding a digital scale, plastic bags, drug sales ledgers and used syringes. Drug Task Force members said Meyer is a self-admitted heroin user who said he sells marijuana to support his habit, detectives said.
Meyer was on probation for damage to jail property and escaping from confinement.
Bail was set at $25,000.
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