An early morning traffic stop in Central City has resulted in the arrest of two Morning Sentinel newspaper carriers for allegedly having a mobile meth lab in their car.
Both 39-year-old Howard Wesley Mays and his passenger 27-year-old Ann Marie Burgess Mays were arrested for alleged manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of meth precursors, possession of between 0-5 grams of meth and use of a property to manufacture meth, as well as possession of meth manufacturing chemicals with the intent to manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of between 2.5-10 grams of cannabis. Howard Mays was also charged with driving while license suspended.
According to Central City Police Chief Mike Berger, at approximately 1:42 this morning, a Central City officer stopped a vehicle at approximately Prairie and Commercial streets, for an alleged headlight violation. The officer quickly discovered Howard Mays’ license was suspended.
Berger says radio contact with a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy who had previous contact with the couple suggested possible drug activity, so the K-9 officer was called to the scene.
The report indicates the dog alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed a backpack containing a mobile meth lab.
The two were taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail. The Illinois State Police meth response team was called in to secure the vehicle and evidence.