Deputies reportedly discovered two portable “shake and bake” meth labs in a garage apartment in the 800 block of north cherry street, after going to the apartment to ask questions regarding suspected drug activity.
When deputies saw what appeared to be drug paraphernalia in open view, they obtained a search warrant that revealed the two separate meth labs inside.
They arrested 32-year-old James Eugene Tidwell and 37-year-old Virginia Adele Davis, both of Centralia, for alleged possession of meth and participation in the manufacture of meth. They both remain in the Marion county jail.
Tidwell and Davis were both formally charged this morning with Class X aggravated manufacture of more than 400 grams of meth and Class 2 possession of meth manufacturing material. Bail for Tidwell has been set at $250,000 and at $100,000 for Davis.
Also arrested was 21-year-old Todd Michael Truman Murray, of Odin, for alleged possession of meth and bringing contraband into a penal institution, after he was allegedly found to be carrying meth when he was being booked into jail.
Murray was charged this morning in Marion County Court with Class 3 possession of less than 5 grams of meth. His bail has been set at $10,000.
In addition to the two meth labs, deputies discovered 1.3 ounces of finished methamphetamine, as well as several jars of liquid that will be tested to see if they contain meth. Drug equipment such as digital scales and meth precursors were also seized at the scene.
According to Illinois law, possession of more than 30 grams of meth is a class x felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
The state police meth task force was called to clean up the property.