Rural Urbana man arrested on meth lab charges

Rural Urbana man arrested on meth lab charges

URBANA — A rural Urbana man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $150,000 bond after sheriff’s deputies say they found a meth lab in his home over the weekend.

Michael P. Wagner, 34, who listed an address in the 1700 section of County Road 1900 E, east of Urbana, was charged Monday with unlawful possession of meth, unlawful participation in meth manufacturing, and unlawful disposal or burning of meth manufacturing waste.

Wagner is due back in court on Sept. 23.

According to a Champaign County sheriff’s office report, deputies became aware of a possible meth lab in Wagner’s home after receiving Crimestoppers tips.

Lt. Curt Apperson said the Champaign County sheriff’s street crimes union got a narcotics search warrant for his home and served the warrant shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday.

“When we got there, we saw signs of a meth lab,” Apperson said. “We also found 1.5 grams of meth inside the home.”

Apperson said the sheriff’s office then called in the Illinois State Police meth response team to assist. The response team collected evidence for prosecution.

Police arrested Wagner and a woman in the home — she was identified as Pamela Reid, 59, of the same address — and took them to the county jail.

Reid, who was arrested for unlawful possession of meth, was later released on her own recognizance, Apperson said.

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pifffire wrote on August 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

"Unlawful disposal or burning of meth manufacturing waste." Wow so many laws, what would be the proper method of disposing of meth byproduct?