The children did not return to their home at 1916 Virginia St. in unincorporated Normandale after the mid-day raid Monday, but instead were turned over to the custody of their grandparents, said Pekin Police Public Information Officer Don Jolly.
Their mother, Destiny Davidson, 27, was ordered held on $150,000 bond, and bond for Danny Thompson, 26, was set at $250,000 pending their preliminary hearings Feb. 23 on one charge each of aggravated manufacturing of methamphetamine.
They became targets of a locally based meth task force after city police received information that the highly addictive drug was being made in their home, Jolly said.
Armed with a search warrant, the team of city, county and Illinois State Police officers, along with members of the specially trained Central Illinois Emergency Response Team, raided the home at about 2 p.m.
“They wanted to make sure the children were in school” and out of harm’s way when the raid was conducted, Jolly said.
Once the officers rushed inside, they found Davidson and Thompson sitting on their bed. The two offered no resistance as the police secured their custody, Jolly said.
A search of the house produced “five tied-off baggie corners” holding white powder suspected to be meth, along with a digital scale and “numerous” used coffee filters containing residue suspected to be the waste product of meth making, Jolly said.
“It wasn’t an operating lab” in the home, “but there were pretty much all the ingredients for one,” he said.
While the raid was coordinated by several police departments, it was not part of Operation Copperhead, the latest multi-department offensive against meth manufacturing in Tazewell and Peoria counties that was announced in October.
That project, which also involves the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, is geared to produce prosecutions on federal drug charges. Fifteen people were indicted by a federal grand jury in late September in the first wave of Copperhead prosecutions.