Rantoul men arrested for alleged methamphetamine violations

Rantoul men arrested for alleged methamphetamine violations

RANTOUL — Rantoul police arrested two roommates Friday for allegedly having a methamphetamine lab in their apartment.

Sgt. Lance Kerney said an officer on patrol noticed a man with a flashlight looking into cars about 1:45 a.m. Friday in the 400 block of South Tanner Street. Noting that the man seemed unusually energetic, the officer talked to him a while then asked if he could search him.

Kerney said the man, Mathew F. Wheeler, 28, had two bags of white powder on him. Officers then went to his home in the 400 block of Tanner Street and found what appeared to be items used in the production of methamphetamine.

Police then obtained a search warrant and went back with members of the Illinois State police methamphetamine response team. Among the items seized were rubbing alcohol, syringes, smoking devices, a digital scale and about a half-gram of methamphetamine.

Wheeler and his roommate, Jeremy Lee Coffey, 33, were both arrested for possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine.

They remained in the county jail Saturday in lieu of $7,500 bond and are expected to be formally charged on Monday.

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