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DeKalb police investigating possible meth ring

Published: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 4:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 12:25 a.m. CDT
Thomas M. Wilkinson

DeKALB – More arrests may be forthcoming after DeKalb police charged a 29-year-old with cooking methamphetamine in his DeKalb hotel room, police said.

DeKalb and state police collected materials and equipment used to make the drug Sunday from a room at Travel Inn, 1116 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb police said in a news release. The investigation began Sunday when someone reported finding methamphetamine-related materials in a nearby trash bin at 1120 W. Lincoln Highway.

Police also recovered 2.45 grams of methamphetamine, court records show.

They arrested the hotel room’s tenant, Thomas M. Wilkinson, 29, who remained in DeKalb County Jail on Monday unable to post 10 percent of his $200,000 bond. Wilkinson told police he was cooking methamphetamine with several other people, court records show.

Wilkinson was charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, participation of methamphetamine, possession of meth manufacturing materials, methamphetamine delivery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The most serious charge, aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, typically is punishable with between six and 30 years in prison.

Wilkinson is next due in court Nov. 14.

Telltale trash Trash often associated with a methamphetamine cooking operation: •Packaging from cold tablets • Lithium batteries that have been torn apart • Used coffee filters with colored stains or powdery residue • Empty containers – often with puncture holes – of antifreeze, white gas, ether, starting fluids, Freon, lye, drain opener, paint thinner, acetone, alcohol, or other chemicals • Plastic soda bottles with holes near the top, often with tubes coming out of the holes • Plastic or rubber hoses, duct tape, rubber gloves, or respiratory mask.Source: Illinois Attorney General’s office

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