Police: Ballwin house sitter let friends cook meth in home

BALLWIN, Mo. – A 34-year-old Ballwin woman is accused of letting acquaintances cook crystal methamphetamine in her neighbors' home while she was supposed to be house-sitting, causing an estimated $37,000 in damage and what she called a "tweeker" mess.

In early September, Lauren Stephens had been tasked with watching her neighbors' house while they were on vacation, according to a probable cause statement. Police say she then let two acquaintances inside the house to cook meth – even going as far as to buy Pseudoephedrine at Walgreen's for the perpetrators.

Stephens, an admitted meth user, said they agreed to give her a portion of the cook as payment.

An environmental cleanup and restoration company later determined that the meth manufacturing had rendered the home's entire first floor uninhabitable, and that the walls, flooring, cabinets, plumbing and other furnishings would have to be replaced because they contained the drug.

Stephens is charged with first class property damage.

No additional information was immediately available.


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