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2 DeKalb meth suspects found in Ohio

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014 3:07 p.m. CDT
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Jennifer Simpson, 32, of New Port Richey, Fla.

SYCAMORE – Police said three people wanted in connection with a DeKalb methamphetamine ring may be involved with another meth lab in Ohio.

Authorities discovered another methamphetamine lab in the garage of a home in Orwell, Ohio, where they arrested a 32-year-old Florida woman accused of helping others produce the highly addictive drug in DeKalb County, court records show.

Jennifer A. Simpson, of the 600 block of Chesham Drive in New Port Richey, Fla.,was jailed Tuesday in DeKalb County on $50,000 bond on charges she bought pseudoephedrine Oct. 13 with the intent to manufacture meth in DeKalb. Simpson also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

Simpson was arrested Jan. 23 at the home on a DeKalb County warrant. She is not currently facing any charges in Ohio because it is difficult for authorities to prove who was in possession of the meth and who was in control of the meth cooking operation, said Lt. Terry Moisio of Ohio’s Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office.

Police also arrested Jerry W. Whitt, 33, sometime this weekend in a different Ohio county, said DeKalb police detective Lt. Bob Redel. Whitt, also a suspect in the DeKalb meth ring, is accused of aggravated participation in methamphetamine precursor, a charge which typically is punishable by between six and 30 years in prison.

DeKalb police said Simpson and Whitt are part of a group of participants involved in a methamphetamine ring centered at Travel Inn in DeKalb.

Three people were arrested in connection with the initial discovery, including Thomas Wilkinson, 29, of DeKalb, who police suspect was the operation’s ringleader. Wilkinson denied the criminal charges Dec. 16 and is next due in court Tuesday.

Police in Ohio went to the house in Orwell in search of Whitt and John Melvin, another suspect wanted in DeKalb County, Moisio said.

Five people remain wanted in DeKalb County on methamphetamine conspiracy precursor charges:

• 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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