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Centralia Man Arrested When Active Meth Lab Found In His Home

A 43-year-old Centralia man was arrested on multiple methamphetamine counts after a search warrant was executed on his home Friday morning and an active meth lab was discovered. Richard Bowlby is being held in the Marion County Jail for alleged participation in meth manufacturing over 900 grams, possession of meth, possession of meth precursors, and disposal of meth manufacturing waste.

 Marion County Sheriff Jerry DeVore reported as the State Police Meth Response Team was cleaning up the lab, lithium battery strips ignited in the disposal container and caught fire. The blaze was put out with an extinguisher before spreading to the home, but did melt the container.

 DeVore says the search warrant was sought after information about alleged meth activity in the Bowlby home had been gathered from confidential sources. In addition to the active cook, DeVore said waste from several prior cooks as well as five grams of finished product was recovered from the home. Bowlby was the only one in the home when the search warrant was executed around 7:40 Friday morning. DeVore says there are no other suspects being sought.


The Sheriff’s Department was assisted in the bust by the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force, and the State Meth Response Team.


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