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East Siders Arrested After Home Search: Meth Making

An east side couple was arrested after a warrant search of their home Thursday, Oct. 17, at 705 E. Second St.

Jeffrey L. “Jeff” Patrick, 36, and April L. Neal, 30, were originally charged with possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, aggravated participation in meth-making less than 1,000 feet from a school, meth-related child endangerment (three children were present), possession of meth precursor, and use of property for making meth.

On Friday at a probable cause hearing, both were charged with aggravated meth-manufacturing (less than 15 grams) involving children being present, a Class X felony, and possession of meth-manufacturing material. Neal’s bond was set at $70,000 while Patrick’s was set for $100,000.

At 10:50 a.m., agents from Illinois State Police Meth Response Team, Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations, and Central Illinois Enforcement Group/CIEG along with Pana Police Department officers served the warrant.

As a result of an extensive investigation by CIEG and the Meth Response Team members, the search warrant was obtained for the residence, according to a press release from Pana Police Department.

Also, a Pana police report stated that shortly before the search warrant was carried out, Jeffrey Patrick was cited after a 10:46 a.m. traffic stop at First and Poplar streets. He was charged for driving while license suspended.