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Crime & Courts

Bond reduction denied for four accused in DeKalb meth ring

DeKALB – Four DeKalb men jailed on suspicion of conspiring to cook methamphetamine last year will remain in custody after a judge Monday denied their requests for a bond reduction.

Keith B. Kifer, 48, Joseph E. Waldrop, 30, Greg L. Hurst, 52, and Michael J. Dumiak, 30, are accused of buying medicinal pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, court records show. If convicted of the most serious charge they face, they could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.

Each of the four remained jailed Monday evening on $50,000 bond after Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert chose not to release them on their own recognizance, citing their prior criminal histories, some of which occurred in other states. They would have to post $5,000 bail to be released.

Prosecutors allege the four men were participants in a methamphetamine ring centered at Travel Inn in DeKalb. Three people were arrested when police discovered the alleged meth-cooking operation in October, including Thomas Wilkinson, 29, of DeKalb, who prosecutors accuse of being the ringleader. Wilkinson has denied the charges and is next due in court Feb. 18.

Jeremy Sebek, 28, of the 400 block of Meadowlark Circle, Sandwich, was also charged with methamphetamine conspiracy and methamphetamine conspiracy precursor. He could enter a plea agreement in a court hearing Feb. 26, records show.

On Jan. 24, police also arrested Carlos R. Tomas, 24, of the 1200 block of S. Madison Street in Marion, for the same charges. He is due in court today.

Dumiak was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia Oct. 30, three days after local police discovered a methamphetamine lab in a room at Travel Inn, 1116 W. Lincoln Highway, authorities said.

Kifer, Waldrop, Hurst and Dumiak are next due in court Feb. 13.

Police are still looking for eight other people they believe are involved with methamphetamine manufacturing. One of the men, Jerry W. Whitt, 33, whose address is not known to authorities, could face between six and 30 years in prison if convicted of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.

Warrants were issued Jan. 17 for the following:

• Jennifer A. Simpson, 32, address unknown

• William J. Buell, 32, address unknown

• Allan H. Brown, 46, address unknown

• Corey G. Lindquist, 28, of the 600 block of Eletson Drive, Crystal Lake

• Matthew J. McDonald, 21, of the 300 block of Spring Avenue, Aurora

• John A. Melvin, 33, address unknown.

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