Meth Ring Busted In Tazewell County

By WEEK Reporter

October 28, 2011 Updated Oct 28, 2011 at 7:47 PM CDT

Pekin, Ill -- Local, state and federal authorities are asking for the public's help tonight in fighting what they call 'a resurgence of Tazewell County's meth problem.'

Friday authorities announced a federal grand jury indicted 15 area residents on charges of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine.

It's the result of a collaborative investigation, named 'Operation Copperhead,' but they say the battle is far from won.

They asked residents to help them catch others distributing the dangerous drug, by reporting homes with suspicious, chemical odors.. And other odd activity.

"People that are up at 2, 3, 4 in the morning, if they're getting up to go to work, and the people living next to them are just now going to bed. Or maybe they see them up for three or four days without going to bed, and they think that's a bit unusual. Those are the types of things we're looking for," said Master Sergeant Ken Mullen of the Illinois State Police Department.

Authorities also asking the public for help in locating one of the 15 indicted- 40 year-old Sonya Whelchel of Pekin, pictured here.

If you have information on her whereabouts, you are asked to call Pekin police.

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