Seven people arrested late last year when Washington police officers raided a downtown apartment and seized a suspected meth lab have been indicted by the Franklin County grand jury.
Shortly after the raid, the suspects were charged in felony warrants with possession of meth-making chemicals, but prosecutors later dismissed those charges pending laboratory analysis of evidence seized Dec. 23, 2011, in the Lafayette Street upstairs apartment located less than a block from the police station.
Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks said this week that Missouri Highway Patrol lab results were completed recently and the cases were then presented to the grand jury.
The grand jury indictments have been served and all the suspects taken into custody, Parks said Monday.
A couple of the suspects were picked up over the weekend on the outstanding indictments, The Missourian was told.
The suspects were identified in the felony indictments as:
Joseph F. Temares, 30, Fenton; Michael C. Oliver, 24, Washington; Andrew S. Marcotte, 21, Washington; Felicia A. Dobbs, 18, Robertsville;
Zachary A. Kammer, 30, Washington; Kimberly A. Kammer, 27, Washington; and Danielle N. Banion, 20, Washington.
They are charged with possession of precursor chemicals as well as possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine, the prosecutor said.
Their bonds were set at $25,000 each. At least one of the suspects is serving time in the Missouri Department of Corrections in previous cases, Parks said.
Shortly before 2 a.m. Dec. 23, 2011, a Washington patrol officer in the area detected a strong chemical odor. He and other officers traced the smell to the upstairs apartment in the 300 block of Lafayette Street.
Officers went into the building and found the door of one apartment standing open. They then knocked on the door of the apartment across the hall and found the seven suspects inside.
Police Chief Ken Hahn said one of the suspects cooperated with police and told them that the operating meth lab was on the roof of the building. Police went out onto the roof and found an active “one pot” meth lab.
In addition to the “one pot” lab, police also seized coffee filters with finished meth in them and other precursor chemicals and lab components, Hahn said.
Members of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit were called in to assist with disposal of the lab.