Sheriff's Department: Two Barry men arrested after meth lab found near school

Posted: Feb. 5, 2013 6:41 am Updated: Feb. 26, 2013 6:59 am


BARRY, Ill. -- Two Barry men face drug-related charges after police searched a Barry home near a school and found an active meth lab.

James A. Dolbeare, 57, and Chad A. Dolbeare, 28, were arrested Monday night for unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of meth manufacturing materials, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of ammunition by a felon.

A search warrant for a residence in the 200 block of Tremont was issued about 8:25 p.m. Monday after the Pike County Sheriff's Department opened an investigation into the manufacture of methamphetamine by individuals involved in the purchase of pseudoephedrine pills early in the day in Hannibal, Mo. Officers from the sheriff's department and the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force executed the court-authorized search warrant and seized an active lab in the home.

The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team was activated and assisted in dismantling the highly volatile lab.

Items seized in the search included liquid meth, Coleman fuel, ether, ammonia nitrate, lithium batteries and numerous items used to manufacture the drug including glassware and Tupperware.

Cpl. Matt Frazier of the sheriff's department commended those involved in the investigation.

"This particular lab was only 550 feet from the local grade school and high school," he said. "The environment officers went into was highly volatile and dangerous. The lab was active, which makes the entry much more concerning for the neighbors' safety and the officers. It was extremely important to dismantle this lab given its location."

Frazier said the department did everything possible to ensure the safety of the community given the "smell and waste" produced from the lab.

"This particular case is why the State Meth Response Team is so important to the smaller law enforcement communities like ours," Frazier said.

Both men were taken to the Pike County Jail and are being held without bond pending a court appearance.