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2 charged after meth lab is found in vehicle

On Aug. 28, two Illinois residents were taken into police custody and were charged after they were accused of being involved in an active meth operation. Detectives reportedly conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle the two individuals were occupants of in the 1000 block of South 12th at about 2:15 p.m. in Mount Vernon.

During the traffic stop, detectives claimed that they seized an unreported amount of methamphetamine, an active methamphetamine lab and paraphernalia. Authorities closed down the street for a short time in order to secure the active lab.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as a 30-year-old man. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug equipment and possession of drug manufacturing materials. The report indicated that he was already on parole in the state. A passenger, who was identified as a 38-year-old woman, was charged with similar offenses. Both were reportedly in custody at the Jefferson County Justice Center.

Those who are facing drug charges may also be facing serious consequences, especially if they are already on parole or have a history of drug-related convictions. Depending on the situation, a criminal law attorney may argue that the drugs or manufacturing equipment did not belong to the accused person and that person did not have knowledge of the drugs or the drug lab. If there is evidence that the traffic stop was unlawful, the attorney may also argue that the evidence should not be allowed in court, which could lead to lesser charges or even a dismissal of the charges. If another person was also charged, the accused individual could potentially make a deal with prosecutors to help in exchange for less severe consequences.

Source: KFVS 12, "2 arrested on meth charges in Mt. Vernon, IL", Zach Robinson, Aug. 29, 2015

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