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Crime & Courts

Fla. man arrested on DeKalb meth charge

John A. Melvin Jr., 33, of Newport Richie, Fla., was charged with possession or delivery of a meth precursor.
John A. Melvin Jr., 33, of Newport Richie, Fla., was charged with possession or delivery of a meth precursor.

DeKALB – DeKalb police say there could be more charges in connection with a methamphetamine manufacturing ring busted in October, now that the last suspect has been caught and returned to Illinois.

John A. Melvin Jr., 33, of the 6000 block of Chessem Drive in New Port Richey, Florida, appeared in DeKalb County Court on Friday morning on allegations he possessed an ingredient used to make meth, court records show. If convicted, he could be sentenced to probation or up to seven years in prison.

“He got arrested in Florida on April 24,” DeKalb Police Sgt. Steve Lekkas said. “It took them a little bit to get him transported up here because they use a transport service.”

Melvin was among 16 or so people involved in the meth ring, which had a lab that was discovered at Travel Inn in DeKalb in October, police said.

The operation’s suspected ringleader, Thomas Wilkinson, 29, of DeKalb, was sentenced to seven years in prison Feb. 25 after he admitted to participation in meth manufacturing.

“We’ve continued to investigate that, so there’s probably going to be a couple more charges filed,” Lekkas said.

More recently, three people serving probation in connection with the ring were arrested again on suspicion of making meth in an upstairs apartment at 418 N. Eleventh St. in DeKalb.

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