Police arrested Lenard Alfred Smock Jr., 51, on charges of participation in meth manufacturing, meth precursor, meth manufacturing material, use of property for meth manufacturing and possession of meth. Tina Marie Harbor, 38, also of Harrisburg, was arrested at the same time (6:35 p.m. Nov. 21) on charges of participating in meth manufacturing, meth precursor, meth manufacturing material, use of property for meth manufacturing and possession of meth.
Larry Joe Stuby, Harrisburg, was arrested about two hours later on charges of possession of meth and meth manufacturing chemicals.
Chief Bob Smith said authorities received a 911 call from the Park Street address where the first two arrests were made and spoke to Smock, who said he had accidentally dialed 911.
Officers Brent Davis and Assistant Chief David Morris went to the house trailer, as it is protocol for officers to respond to all 911 calls to verify there is no emergency. Officers smelled a strong odor of ether, a signal of a possible meth operation.
Officers surrounded the house and heard the sound of a hair dryer.
Riden heard someone inside the trailer say, “Hope this doesn’t turn into a supernova,” Smith said.
Officers knocked at the front door and someone inside said the front door did not work and to come to the back door.
Officers went to the back door and detained the two people outside. The lawmen could see meth manufacturing materials and devices on the kitchen table, Smith said.
Smock gave the officers consent to search the trailer and told them he “cooks” for his own personal use, Smith said.
Officers learned the two had been using a blow dryer to dry the finished product, Smith said.
Officers called the Illinois Meth Response Team to dispose of the lab, while Harrisburg firefighters stood by in case of an explosion.
While officers and firefighters waited for the state’s team to arrive, firefighter Captain John Gunning drew Smith’s attention to a man walking up the alley who went to the front porch of the trailer. Officers asked the man why he was there and asked to pat him down.
The man, Stuby, carried a bag from a local store.
Officers told him they had reason to believe he had been bringing meth precursors to the residence, Smith said.
Riden traced Stuby’s steps back to the rear of the trailer and there they found trash with items that could be used in making meth in a bag. Police asked Stuby if he had been in possession of those items and he said he had, Smith said.
At the jail, correctional officers found a small baggie of suspected meth in Stuby’s pocket.