EM man charged in connection with meth lab makes court appearance Friday


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Posted Online: Jan. 18, 2013, 9:20 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
An East Moline man made an initial appearance in Rock Island County Circuit Court on Friday -- a day after police said they found a methamphetamine lab in his home -- and was charged with unlawfully manufacturing meth with the intent to produce more than 900 grams.

Evan Douglas Peterson, 24, of 1113 45th Ave., also faces a Class X felony charge of unlawful possession of meth precursors, as well as Class 2 felony counts of unlawful possession of five to 15 grams of meth and unlawfully using his home for illegal activity.

If convicted of the manufacturing charge, he could face 15 to 60 years in prison, according to court records. Heremained in the Rock Island County Jail on Friday on a $100,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 29.

Mr. Peterson was arrested on Wednesday after police raided his home at 12:30 p.m. and discovered a small, but active, meth lab in a bedroom, said East Moline Lt.Darren Gault on Friday.He said officers also found a small amount of meth, produced by a "one-pot method" which Mr. Peterson is believed to have used "over and over again" during the course of several months.

Television shows and movies have prompted many to believe meth labs are "huge labs with wires everywhere," said Lt. Gault. In reality, he said, "Methamphetamine labs can be small. They can be portable, they can be in cars, they can be in sheds, rooms ..."

Active meth labs can be dangerous to dismantle because of the highly reactive chemicals and hazardous bi-products involved.Illinois Methamphetamine Response Team members donned hazmat suits on Wednesday to properly dispose of any such materials and ensure the surrounding neighborhood's safety, Lt. Gault said.

Material, believed to be meth, found at the scene was sent to the state police forensic lab for testing. The residence remains sealed until the health department deems it habitable again.



















 



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