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ROCKFORD (WREX) – Four people face charges after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a portable methamphetamine manufacturing apparatus in their vehicle.

The vehicle was pulled over at the intersection of South Madison and Walnut Streets after police witnessed the driver committing a traffic violation at Madison and East State. During the investigation, officers found additional raw materials used to manufacture methamphetamine along with the portable manufacturing apparatus.

Phillip MengwasserDaniel PortwineAmanda Personette

Phillip Mengwasser                                     Daniel Portwine                           Amanda Personette               

 

Samantha Viel

 Samantha Viel

Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and State Line Area Narcotics Team were called to help collect evidence and remove any contraband. The following people face charges:

  • Phillip M. Mengwasser, 37, Rockford – Possession of methamphetamine precursor, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, participation in methamphetamine manufacturing
  • Daniel C. Portwine, 32, Rockford – Possession of methamphetamine precursor, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, improper lane usage, no front license plate, driving on a suspended license
  • Amanda R. Personette, 34, Rockford – Possession of methamphetamine precursor, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, participation in methamphetamine manufacturing
  • Samantha M. Viel, 30, Rockford – Possession of methamphetamine precursor, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, participation in methamphetamine manufacturing

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Rockford police bust ‘one pot’ meth lab in pickup truck

ROCKFORD — A mobile methamphetamine lab was busted Tuesday morning by members of the Rockford Police Department’s M3 Streets Team after a routine traffic stop.

Four people suspected of taking turns to keep a noxious, explosive and toxic mixture of chemicals shaking and stirring inside a sports drink bottle as part of the crude and potentially dangerous process required to make methamphetamine were arrested.

It was a case of solid police work that led to the arrests, Sgt. John Pozzi said.

“Because of the way it was being manufactured in the vehicle, everyone there was charged,” Pozzi said. “It’s a process where it’s made in a bottle called the ‘one pot method,’ where they continually rotate to keep the mixing process going.”

Daniel C. Portwine, 32, Phillip M. Mengwasser, 37, Amanda R. Personette, 34, and Samantha M. Viel, 30, all of Rockford, were each charged with participating in methamphetamine manufacturing, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and possession of methamphetamine precursor.

So-called precursors often come from over-the-counter medications that have an ingredient necessary for the production of the drug, Pozzi said.

Portwine was additionally charged with driving on a revoked license and other traffic violations.

Two officers who are part of the M3 Streets Team and who often patrol on bicycles made the arrests. On Tuesday, the officers were in an unmarked squad car when they stopped the Ford pickup carrying the four suspects for alleged improper lane use.

During the stop, the officers found suspicious materials which were confirmed by Illinois State Police and State Line Area Narcotics Taskforce officers to be methamphetamine manufacturing equipment, precursors and trace amounts of the drug, Pozzi and court documents said.

Methamphetamine manufacturing of less than 15 grams is a class 1 felony punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison. Possession of methamphetamine precursors and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials are both class 2 felonies punishable by 3 to 7 years in prison.

 

 

 

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