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Two in custody for suspected meth lab in Wood River motel

By Nathan Grimm ngrimm@civitasmedia.com

May 27, 2014

WOOD RIVER — Police are still investigating what they believe to be a methamphetamine lab found inside a Wood River motel room Tuesday.


The Wood River Police Department received a call Tuesday morning in regards to suspicious items found inside a room at the Bel-Air Motel at 542 W. Ferguson Ave., in Wood River. Police officers responded and saw what they believed to be ingredients used to produce meth, according to Wood River deputy chief Dan Bunt.


“When they got down there, the officers recognized contents inside the motel room as possible meth-making materials,” Bunt said.


Officers obtained a search warrant for the room and alerted the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team. The ISP team arrived on the scene Tuesday afternoon, and an investigation into the case is still ongoing.


A 29-year-old male and 29-year-old female were arrested earlier in the day for felony retail theft at the Wood River Wal-Mart and, according to Bunt, they were also on record as the renters of the room. They’re being held on warrants, with additional charges stemming from the earlier incident possible as well.


Wood River detective sergeant Darren Redden said any charges related to the suspected meth lab won’t be filed until Wednesday at the earliest.


Bunt said the individuals checked into the room on Monday.


Methamphetamine, more commonly known as meth, is a synthetic stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It is an illegal drug that is often snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed by users. The drug contains Pseudoephedrine and often includes toxic ingredients such as lye and drain cleaner.


Nathan Grimm may be reached at 618-208-6451 or on Twitter @GrimmTelegraph.