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No bond reduction for inmates in meth case

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014 3:11 p.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – A judge declined to reduce bond Monday for two of the three people arrested in connection with a methamphetamine lab that police said they found at the Travel Inn in DeKalb last week.

Jeffrey R. Podjaski, 25, and Malgorzata Dutkowska, 24, remained in DeKalb County Jail unable to post 10 percent of the $100,000 bond. They are accused of conspiracy and manufacturing methamphetamine with Thomas M. Wilkinson, 29, in a room at 1116 W. Lincoln Highway. The most serious charges they face typically are punishable with between six and 30 years in prison; probation is not an option.

Podjaski asked Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert to reduce his bond so his wife could post $2,500 or $3,000. If released, he said he would pursue seasonal work, participate in electronic home monitoring and live with his mother in Chicago.

Podjaski told police he was in the hotel room when methamphetamine was being made Oct. 26, court records show. In exchange for Podjaski purchasing over-the-counter medication, Wilkinson gave him about half a gram of the methamphetamine they made, court records show.

Meanwhile, Dutkowska promised to live with her mother outside DeKalb County and work for her mother’s cleaning service if bond was lowered so her family could post $1,000. She said she has been clean for about 18 months since finishing voluntary heroin treatment.

Dutkowska, Wilkinson’s wife, told police she helped him cook methamphetamine by purchasing over-the-counter medication and driving him to buy other materials, court records show.

Stuckert denied both requests based on the substantial prison time both face if convicted of the charges and their negligible ties to DeKalb County. Dutkowska is next due in court Nov. 21, while Podjaski’s next court date is Dec. 5.

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