Two arrested in Pittsfield meth bust

Posted: Oct. 30, 2013 11:01 pm Updated: Nov. 20, 2013 11:09 pm


PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Two men were arrested Wednesday afternoon on methamphetamine charges after search warrant was executed at an apartment complex.

According to a news release from the Pike County Sheriff's Department, Shelby B. Burch, 21, who police say is from the Rushville/Beardstown area, and Colton N. Spradlin, 19, of Griggsville, were arrested on charges of possession of meth-manufacturing materials and possession of meth. Both are lodged in the Pike County Jail pending their first court appearances.

Two other people who lived in apartment were questioned and released pending a review by the state's attorney's office, the Sheriff's Department said.

At about 4:15 p.m., sheriff's deputies served the warrant at a unit in Pittsfield Apartments, 532 Piper Lane. Officers seized more than 150 grams of liquid meth and found numerous items used in the meth-manufacturing process. Officers reported finding salt, lye, drain cleaner, pseudoephedrine pills, filters, glass wear and lithium batteries. Police believe the lab was active and was meth being manufactured in and around the apartment at least once a week.

The Illinois State Police's Meth Response Team assisted in destroying items considered volatile and dangerous.

"These persons have resided in the apartment for just a month," Sheriff Paul Petty said in the release. "With the effort of those investigating and the community observations, we can make a difference."

The Pittsfield Police Department assisted.