Fighting Couple Brings Officers to Motel Meth Lab, Police Say

A St. Charles police officer responding to a domestic dispute also finds a meth lab in a Arch Budget Motel room.

A couple in a domestic dispute also were cooking methamphetamine in their St. Charles motel room on Sunday, St. Charles Police said.

James Carver, 34, of the 400 block of South Cadillac in St. Charles, and Marijon Dawn Ludwig, 34, each were charged Monday with accessory to manufacturing a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of a school and producing a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

An officer responded to a violent domestic disturbance call at the Arch Budget Motel at 3717 Veterans Memorial Parkway in St. Charles. The room is within 800 feet of Willie Harris Elementary School, 2800 Old Muegge Road.

St. Charles Police said the officer separated the couple and the woman asked him to retrieve cash from some of her clothing in the bathroom. The officer said when he first came to the door, he smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the room.

When he went into the bathroom, he said a one-pot meth lab inches away from the woman’s clothes, a green bag with chemicals commonly used to cook meth and two bags with 10 grams of meth.

The St. Charles County Drug Task Force responded and confirmed the officer’s findings.

According to a Drug Task Force report, Carver told detectives, “That stuff is our meth, and you got me. I want to work with you guys and get out from underneath this. I’ll do whatever I can.”

Carver and Ludwig each are being held in St. Charles County jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

For more information on St. Charles Patch, see the following articles:

  • St. Charles Residents Charged in DEA Investigation into Meth Ring
KSadie February 06, 2013 at 01:39 PM
too close to home. Thanks to the St. Charles county Drug Task force for cleaning up this mess and tracking down offenders. keep up the good work.
b.l.p February 06, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Get a real job!!
donald February 06, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Lock that trash up and throw away the key!


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