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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FlyingTooLow November 13, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Dang...this young man would have been far better off sticking with the marijuana and staying away from heroin. I smoked my first joint in December, 1967, at the tender age of 21. Now, a mere 45 years later, I still smoke pot. I have never 'graduated' to 'harder' drugs. I am living proof that prohibitionist propaganda is a fallacy...a blatant lie. The worst experience I had with marijuana was spending 5 years in Federal Prison for a pot offense. While I was there, I watched armed bank robbers come and go in as little as 20 months. When I went to the parole board after more than 3 years 'behind the wall,' I pointed this out to the panel members. Their response: "You must understand that yours was a very serious offense." I laughed about that for another 2 years (as I still sat in prison)...then wrote my book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank. No, it is not a treatise on disproportionate sentences. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were human beings pursuing happiness in our own way. Harming no one...nor their property. That’s my contribution to helping point out just how ludicrous our pot laws truly are. I would be honored by your review.
dbatch1715 November 14, 2012 at 01:39 PM
My solution for all these petty crimes is to bring back prison farms with labor. It would make them think twice about crime and they might learn a trade .
John November 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Drug task force... Joke. The undercover cop... petty, doesnt deserve to be paid for his job. James Alex Meyer... Dope fiend, snitch.
Hozer January 26, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Poor kid. It's sad when the black market pushes these addicts into less than legal lines of work.. All things considered, for an active heroin user, it looked like he chose the least dangerous/damaging way to support his habit, that he had available to him at the time. Legalize heroin. End the black market.


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