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Two more arrested in DeKalb meth cooking operation

DeKALB – Police arrested two more DeKalb residents accused of cooking methamphetamine Saturday in a DeKalb hotel room.

Jeffrey R. Podjaski, 25, and Malgorzata Dutkowska, 24, were arrested overnight, a couple of days after DeKalb police arrested Thomas M Wilkinson, 29, for allegedly making the highly addictive drug at Travel Inn, 1116 W. Lincoln Highway.

“The case is evolving, and we still expect more arrests,” Lt. Bob Redel said.

Dutkowska and Wilkinson, who are married, were living in the hotel room where police discovered a methamphetamine lab Sunday after someone reported finding related materials in a nearby trash bin at 1120 W. Lincoln Highway, court records show.

Dutkowska told police Sunday that she had helped her husband make methamphetamine by purchasing over-the-counter medications for him and driving him to buy other materials, court records show. Podjaski told police he was in the hotel room when methamphetamine was being made Saturday, court records show.

In exchange for Podjaski purchasing over-the-counter medication, Wilkinson gave him about half a gram of the methamphetamine they made Saturday, which Podjaski inhaled later Saturday after driving home, court records show.

Podjaski, who is listed as a transient in court records, and Dutkowska, of the 400 block of Harvey Street, were charged with multiple felonies accusing them of conspiracy and manufacturing methamphetamine. The most serious charges typically are punishable with between six and 30 years in prison; probation is not an option.

Bond for each was set at $100,000, and they are next due in court today.
Wilkinson remained in DeKalb County Jail on Wednesday unable to post 10 percent of his $200,000 bond. He is 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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