Eight-Year-Old Finds Mobile Meth Lab Behind East Carondelet Home

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Justin A. Cruse
  • Justin A. Cruse
An unidentified home owner in East Carondelet, Illinois, allowed some family members and friends to stay at her house, but soon grew suspicious of what they were doing. One of the early signs of trouble was when her children heard a "loud boom" in the woods. Then her eight-year-old child discovered a duffle bag in the treeline -- inside was a mobile meth lab.

The St. Clair County Drug Tactical Unit and Illinois state Police Meth Response Team were duly summoned to handle the case, and found, processed and contained a mobile meth lab deeper in the woods.

Justin Cruse, 28, was suspected of being responsible for the lab; he was currently on parole for manufacturing meth. A search of Cruse's residence turned up items used in cooking meth. He was arrested and charged with participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and unlawful possession of methamphetamine. He's being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Clockwise from top left: Charles Grissom, Terry Grissom, Alexis McGeehan, David Wilkerson.
  • Clockwise from top left: Charles Grissom, Terry Grissom, Alexis McGeehan, David Wilkerson.
Also arrested and charged with manufacturing and possessing meth were David W. Wilkerson, 21; Terry A. Grissom, 47; Charles V. Grissom, 25; and Alexis R. Mcgeehan, 19. All are currently in custody except for Wilkerson, who posted bond, and McGeehan, who has an active warrant for her arrest.

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