Posted: Dec 13, 2005 12:27 am
Chuck Berry 1990
Drug unit raids Chuck Berry estates, seizes items
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 28 / 1990
Jo Mannies / the Post-Dispatch Staff
Authorities said they seized videotapes, hashish, marijuana, three weapons and $130,000 in a raid Saturday at rock 'n' roll singer Chuck Berry's estate near Wentzville. The raid was conducted at 5 a.m. by members of St. Charles County's Multijurisdictional Enforcement Group, said St. Peters Police Chief Ronald Neubauer, president of the group's oversight board.
The investigation is continuing, but no charges have been filed against Berry, Neubauer said Wednesday night. No information was available on the amounts of the hashish and marijuana reported seized. The raid took place after a search warrant was issued by Associate Circuit Judge William T. Lohmar.
Berry's attorney, Wayne Schoeneberg, said that the affidavit filed by authorities to get the warrant contained several ludicrous allegations against Berry. He said the affidavit alleged that ''huge quantities of cocaine'' would be found at Berry's home. ''Where's the cocaine?'' asked Schoeneberg, referring to the raid. The document also stated that Berry, 63, had $36 million in liquid assets, of which $9 million was obtained through drug sales.
''Where did they come up with that?'' Schoeneberg said. ''This whole thing is a tragedy to me.'' Berry is ''a good businessman,'' Schoeneberg said. ''The affidavit says he has been suspected for some time of transporting cocaine. Why don't they follow him? He's the easiest man in the world to follow. He travels with one suitcase and his guitar. He gets on a plane, does his show, and he comes back.''
Schoeneberg said that the weapons - two .22-caliber rifles and a shotgun - probably belonged to Berry's late father. Berry is a convicted felon and barred from possessing firearms. Schoeneberg said he believed the raid was connected to a suit filed last December by a former cook at Berry's Southern Air Restaurant in Wentzville. The cook alleged that Berry had made videotapes of her and other women as they dressed, undressed and used the toilet.