Six individuals were arrested earlier this week, including a woman who hid from law enforcement in the basement of a St. Clair home for about three hours, after authorities found heroin and drug paraphernalia in their possession.
According to information from the St. Clair Police Department, the arrests stemmed from an incident that took place at about 2 p.m. on Monday when officers were called to a home in the 600 block of Ridge Avenue in response to a possible drug overdose.
When police arrived, they eventually found the six people inside the residence. They also seized heroin and the drug paraphernalia from the living room as well as a bedroom.
On the incident report, the address was listed as 675 Ridge Ave.
St. Clair Police Chief Bill Hammack said 23-year-old Nancy Hodge of Union barricaded herself and hid under various items in the basement. Suspecting she was there, officers searched for about three hours before locating her.
She was one of the six arrested.
Four of the six people found inside the residence, including Hodge, had active warrants for their arrests. Hers was out of Sullivan for stealing.
Others arrested were Jacob Poertner, 27, of St. Clair, who had an active warrant for driving while intoxicated, having his license revoked and resisting arrest in Franklin County; Jacob Shea, 31, of St. Clair, who had an active warrant for driving while revoked in St. Louis County; and Hannah Filkins, 18, of Sullivan, who had an active warrant in Crawford County for probation violation on a previous possession of a dangerous drug charge.
Hammack also said Filkins used a fictitious name with authorities.
In addition, a 28-year-old Cedar Hill man and a 33-year-old St. Clair man were arrested at the residence. The names of those individuals are being withheld until official charges are issued.
Charges will be sought through the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.