47-year-old Belleville man was charged with four felonies for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine out of the trailer where he resided.
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly’s office charged Charles J. Belfield Tuesday with the following: aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and unlawful possession of methamphetamines, all felonies.
St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Drug Tactical Unit went to a trailer located at 7417 Makeeta Farms Road in Belleville in reference to a complaint of a possible methamphetamine lab at about 2:45 p.m. Monday and located Belfield.
Drug Tactical Unit Supervisor Lt. Kurt Eversman said investigators were familiar with Belfield from a previous methamphetamine case in 2011. After speaking with Belfield, investigators were able to obtain enough evidence to have a search warrant issued for the residence.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday, investigators secured the residence and conducted a search of the property. Chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamines such as ammonium nitrate, lye, and Coleman fuel were located in the trailer. Investigators also located several “shake-and-bake” meth labs and methamphetamines ready to be used or sold, according to Eversman.
Investigators spoke with the owner of the horse farm where the trailer was located. The owner had no knowledge of the meth lab and was not connected to this case, police said.
Belfield’s bond was set at $250,000.