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A Meredosia man was arrested Friday night on methamphetamine and weapons charges after authorities went to his residence to check on the welfare of five children residing there.

Meredosia Police arrested Dustin E. Cowick, 26, of 140 N. Washington St. on preliminary charges of aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing (two counts), methamphetamine-related child endangerment, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card, possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A village police officer and Department of Children and Family Services worker went to the residence to follow up on a report the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department received Thursday night alleging possible drug activity by a man and the neglect of five children, ranging in age from 1 to 10 years old, residing there, Chief Mike Beard said.

Cowick was placed under arrest after he reportedly told the officer that used needles, burnt spoons and other drug paraphernalia spotted in the house all belonged to him.

Police seized two weapons and several surveillance cameras Cowick had set up on the property. The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team was called in to assist.

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