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Jerome Phelps

Man Arrested in Centralia Meth Bust

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Bond has been set at $25,000 for a 28-year-old Centralia man who was allegedly found with the remains of two portable meth labs in his motel room.  

Jeremy Phelps of North Marion Street was formally charged in Marion County Court Friday for possession of meth and a controlled substance and using a structure for manufacture of methamphetamine.  

Phelps' parole agent allegedly discovered what appeared to be two portable meth labs in soda bottles when going to Phelps' room at the Knight's Inn on South Poplar to check on a home confinement monitoring device that was not functioning properly.  Police say the white powdery substance in the bottles field tested as methamphetamine.  

Upon further investigation, police found a safe that contained a pill bottle containing two narcotic pills and a baggie corner that contained what is believed to be methamphetamine.  The safe also allegedly contained three coffee filters and a coffee grinder with a white powdery substance that field tested positive for meth.  

A public defender was appointed to represent Phelps.  His first appearance with counsel has been set for June 3rd.  

Police say a second person who was in the room was not charged.

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