Police: Effort to burn evidence backfired

Friday, December 24, 2010 | 10:20 a.m. CST

DESLOGE — People in a suspected drug house allegedly burned evidence to try and stay out of jail. Instead, the fire helped put them behind bars.

It happened Dec. 17 when authorities in the eastern Missouri town of Desloge learned of drugs allegedly being sold from a home. Officers arrived and suspected those inside were destroying evidence, but residents wouldn't let them in.

The Park Hills Daily Journal reports that officers saw two young children in the home as smoke began filling the residence. Protecting the kids gave police a reason to enter.

Police say they found a man trying to burn evidence in a tub. Remnants of marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found.

Four people now face charges.


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