The two newspaper carriers arrested yesterday morning in Central City for allegedly having a mobile meth lab in their car have been formally charged today in Marion County Court.
Howard W. Mays, 39, of Centralia, and 27-year-old and Ann M. Burgess Mays, of Odin, are each charged with two Class X felonies for manufacture of between 100 and 400 grams of methamphetamine and possession of between 100 and 400 grams of methamphetamine.
Each Class X charge is punishable by up to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Howard Mays, a registered sex offender, was already facing charges in a December 2012 Marion County Case in which he was charged with felony possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of cannabis. He was free on $2,500 bond at the time of his Thursday arrest and was scheduled for a June 17 jury trial for the December case.
Bail was set at $100,000 for Ann Mays and $250,000 for Howard Mays. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for both defendants on February 19, before Judge Sherri Tungate.