Pekin Police Say Meth is Under Control

By Joe Bennett

June 8, 2011 Updated Jun 8, 2011 at 6:57 PM CDT

Two meth lab raids within three weeks so far this year.

Compared to about 50 raids in 2002, Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson says they're ahead of the game.

"It's not like it was last time when meth was new and we didn't have legislation," according to Nelson.

Legislation in recent years requires pharmacies to enter anyone who buys psuedoephedrine into a log that can be seen by authorities.

Chief Nelson says that has allowed the department to closely watch anyone supplying the drug to meth makers.

Mix that with Police surveillance and Nelson says the meth problems of past are under control.

Pekin Police recently conducted a raid in cooperation with Peoria's MEG unit and Illinois State Police at 210 Cooper Street in Pekin.

Neighbors of the Cooper Street raid applaud authorities on their arrests, but one neighbor of the home on 2007 Windsor sings a different tune.

"This has happened twice now in less than a year," says Anita Sorrells.

She's seen suspicious activity at this home even since the May 20th arrest of three individuals cooking meth inside.

Sorrells says she fears for her family when cars and teens still canvas the neighborhood.

"They pull in the driveway, knock on the door, leave, so they're still looking for it."

She says people sleep in the garage and walk through the home.

Her son even mowed the lawn to keep the neighborhood looking clean.

She says authorities should be doing more to make her feel safe.

"I would love if they tear this house down. I know that's probably not going to happen, but until we do get decent neighbors here, they need to take care of the house."

The Pekin Police, however, say they are clear and vigilant on their priorities.

Chief Nelson says, "Meth is not going to come back the way it was in Pekin. We are going to aggressively pursue the pill buyers, the users the meth cooks and keep it in check."

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