(KTVI) – No matter how often people are warned to be careful about what they post on social media, some just don`t get it.
And according to police, one such person appears to be Jennifer C. Harrington, 36, of Jefferson County.
Last week, the Franklin County narcotics unit got a tip from one of Harrington`s Facebook friends saying they had seen a video on her page allegedly showing a man making meth while Harrington assisted him off camera as she shot the minute-and-a-half long movie.
‘They were talking about the manufacturing of methamphetamine, they were using street slang terms we could actually hear the bottle being shaken in a one pot manufacturing process,’ said Franklin County narcotics officer, Sgt. Jason Grellner.
‘Some of the apparatus and chemicals we normally see in a meth lab could be seen in the video,’ she said.
After watching the video, officers went looking for Harrington at several addresses in Jefferson County and in Union, Missouri.
They did not find her right away, but along the way they found several other friends of hers and arrested them on suspicion of either using or making meth.
Police have yet to find the man in the video.
‘They said the people weren`t very happy that their friend had posted this video and was bringing this investigation down on all of them,’ Grellner said.
Jennifer Harrington was finally arrested not on a drug charge, but for an outstanding parole violation. Ironically, she was picked up as she arrived to meet with her parole officer.
None of the others arrested can be charged with drug crimes until lab results come back from the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Law enforcement agencies have many tools at their disposal to fight crime.
Now, add Facebook to that arsenal.
Members of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit acted on an email tip last week and went to the Facebook page of a woman who had posted a video of people in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine.
“Yep, that’s meth-making components,” Detective Sgt. Jason Grellner commented after viewing the woman’s Facebook page.
That posting eventually led to the arrest of suspects at a home in Union where meth-making equipment and paraphernalia were seized last Thursday.
The case was based on information developed by Officer Nathan Pinter and Detective Leon Burton with the task force, Grellner said.
Investigators learned the woman, identified as Jennifer Harrington, 36, was wanted on a probation violation charge and believed she was living in Jefferson County.
“We contacted our counterparts in Jefferson County who began searching for her,” Grellner told The Missourian.
The woman was not located there, but in the process of searching for her, investigators arrested several other people on drug charges, Grellner said.
Harrington was arrested later on the warrant.
Grellner said once she was in custody, narcotics officers went to a home on Washington Avenue in Union where they arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicion of manufacturing meth. Burton said the male suspect was getting ready to cook meth and investigators seized a one-pot lab, chemicals and components and a number of pseudoephedrine pills, the vital ingredient needed to cook meth.
Burton said a 49-year-old woman who was at the home at the time was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Evidence seized in the case will be analyzed at the Missouri Highway Patrol lab before a decision is made on issuing charges.
The name of the man arrested was not released because he has not been charged.
Grellner said the man told investigators that he had family members and friends purchase pseudoephedrine from pharmacies in St. Louis. He also was buying the drug from a source in St. Louis.
Harrington had been free on parole after serving part of a seven-year concurrent sentence for drug trafficking and stealing a credit card, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections.