St. Peters Man Cooked Meth with Children in Home, Police Say

The St. Charles County Drug Task Force received a report that an active meth lab was at the St. Peters home.

St. Charles County Drug Task Force members found an active methamphetamine lab on Gateswood Court in St. Peters. The man was cooking meth with children present in the home, police said.

Dustin Parnell, 22, of Gateswood Court, was charged Nov. 30 with manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

A Drug Task Force detective said they received a report of an active meth lab at the home. They arrived and searched the home, finding an active meth lab in the basement, four used one-pot meth labs and chemicals used to make meth.

According to the Drug Task Force report, Parnell admitted to cooking meth four times in the last two weeks with the children present.  He also told detectives he used to cook meth in Fredericktown before moving to St. Peters.

The home on Gateswood Court is now condemned, according to court documents.

Bail for Parnell was set at $25,000.

For more crime information on St. Peters Patch, see the following articles:

  • St. Peters Man Sold 'Mushroom' Drug to Undercover Officer
  • St. Peters Man Charged with Making Meth
Lisa Marie Holford December 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Thank god that he didnt get his child. I wouldnt let him and he cant keep a job!!
Necole Lankford December 11, 2012 at 06:50 PM
He deserves what he is getting, I am just glad that my little nephew was not in his care at the time and that my little nephew was with his Mom where he belongs.
Lisa Marie Holford December 11, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Lisa Marie Holford December 11, 2012 at 07:48 PM
he cant keep a job and that aint his family he has one child and he is in my custody can i have full custody. ( I am his childs mother). Take my word i know how he is and he went down hill and Icant believe he would do that to a child.
Lisa Marie Holford December 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM
His parnts didnt know nothing about him getting locked up until last night. He does have an addiction.
Lisa Marie Holford December 11, 2012 at 07:52 PM
i would be but lets be glad that she has her childen
Mike McKnight December 11, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I used to live by a bunch of meth head punks in Ballwin. You know, those cats could have blown up half that neighborhood with that crap but does anyone care? Heck no. This guy deserves having the book thrown at him but he also needs rehabilitation if he wants it. Kids being around is just adding to the evil of this whole situation. Doing meth alone is bad enough.
Lisa Marie Holford December 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Well i hope that he changes cause he does have a 2 year old son!!!!!!!!
Lisa Marie Holford December 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Children dont think that. They hopfully learn from their parents mikstakes.
Lisa Marie Holford December 11, 2012 at 07:57 PM
If she had money any everything else then why was he water nd electric shut off??
Lisa Marie Holford December 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Sissy I agree. I am glad i stuck with my gut feeling about this girl. I am a weird feeling that soimethingwasnt right and didnt want my child around her. Thank god i staied with it anf thank god for being with us and i hope god can help these people that needs the help the most!!!!
Lisa Marie Holford December 11, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Well be thankful that his own son wasnt there cause if son this momma wouldnt of been to happy.
Mike McKnight December 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I saw a picture of her on Facebook and she looks like she's into drugs by how rough her face is.
Oneofherbestfriends December 13, 2012 at 09:11 AM
jus so every1 knows. his babys mother the 1 who keeps posting here n the 1 who turned him in was livin in a place w/ her kid for like 6 months w/ no runnin water n was right there w/ there kid when he was cookin it at there old house. she was n prolly still is addicted 2 meth. jus sayin. n yes i know her from be4 she even new him so i do know what im sayin n what i saw w/ MY OWN 2 eyes. if u gonna say it say it all
Mike McKnight December 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Yeah, they're all white trash. They should stay out in the woods and leave civilized folks who can live right alone.
ALF December 13, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Yeah Mike as we all know, Birds of a Feather Flock Together....... trash stays together ,
onlygodcanjudgeme December 21, 2012 at 08:58 AM
you know what why is it people can run there mouth on the internet but never say anything to the face of people thay are talking about o and by the way this is dustin and yeah i am suffering from an addiction but i am geting help and making my self a better person and as my sons mother said i do have a two year old little boy who i love verry much and would neverr do anything to hurt any child so how about you all take the time to find out the facts before you start running your mouths
onlygodcanjudgeme December 21, 2012 at 09:10 AM
hey mike you talk real big for someone siting behind a computer
Becky December 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM
I wish the best for you Dustin. If my son could do it so can you. Push hard for drug treatment and if this is your first offence and you stick with the program you can possibly avoid prison time. Good luck to you!
onlygodcanjudgeme December 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM
thank you becky i am sighning my self into rehab right after christmas i am really not this horable person that the media made me out to be but yes i commited a crime and i deserve to be punished for what i have done i just wish i could take back what i did i cost my gf and her sister and i feel awful for it
katie December 21, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Dustin - I'm glad your are heading to rehab, but you have to understand that people get very upset when folks use addiction as and excuse to put kids at risk. That is not OK. Ever. Not even with an addiction. If you love those kids, you will understand why people have a zero tolerance policy for putting them in harms way. Go to the burn floor and look at the kids burned up in house explosions. It is NEVER OK or excusable. I hope you get help. But folks should be upset when you chose your addiction and cooking meth in the house with children over their well being.
onlygodcanjudgeme December 21, 2012 at 07:21 PM
first things first uou shouldnt beleve everything you read in the papers there was only one child present my nephue and i was un aware that he was there the kids had been at there other aunts house for two weeks prior to the day i was caught the cops and the people righting the news paper twisted my words and fabricated information i love both of my nephues and wouldnt ever do anything to harm them period now i am done defending myself to you people there aint anyone of you that are any better than me and if you think you are you have more problems than i do so thank you all for your time and i hope everyone of you have a marry christmas and a happy new year i know i will i am with the women i love and i get to see my wonderfull son for christmas
onrthatknowsyoudustin December 22, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Have you lose you rmind ... Because this is not dustin under the name onlygodcanjudgeme .. cause he is in jail and he is facing 10 years and he sure anit getting his son for christmas that is for sure.
Mike McKnight December 22, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Yeah, I'm not the only one either. But apparently this isn't Dustin, as he's in jail according to what someone posted below. Boy, get off the internet before you get into more trouble whoever you are.
Mike McKnight December 22, 2012 at 07:09 PM
You know what? All of you white trash folks who keep posting on here need to go back to school and stay in school because y'all can't spell, use proper capitalization or structure a sentence right at all. Reading your trash hurts the heads of those who can speak & write accurately. Jeez.
ALF December 22, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Dustin Parnell you knew what you was doing, was a crime , but you did it anyway all you care about was making moneys , sence you dont want to work like the rest of us , as we all know about you and your life style ,, as far as god judging you we all will be judged by god only , but you lost your freedom when you commented the crime , you may apply for classes that may help you , you omited to cooking it in your home town ,plus now you did it in this ladys house , You did the Crime you do the time 10 yrs minum < when you get out you will be back cooking again
Mary January 03, 2013 at 12:06 AM
renee run your mouth.. and I know for a fact that she did her house and car paid for by meth labs . I agree what was done was wrong around those children but for you to "think" you know her personal finances is WRONG..
Keepalowprofile February 21, 2013 at 07:44 AM
Well if she is charged and found guilty, We might see that house and car at the next auction.
Keepalowprofile February 21, 2013 at 07:47 AM
Lisa Marie, You seem obsessed with this guy. He is a POS. seek full custody of your child and stay away from this loser.
Keepalowprofile February 21, 2013 at 07:51 AM
lol This is My favorite post.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »