On Wednesday, July 3rd, at approximately 2:00pm, the Taylorville Police Department responded to a call of a suspicious item in the 700 block of Vandeveer, Taylorville. Officers arrived and located numerous items pertaining to the production of methamphetamine including coffee filters, cold packs, and lithium batteries. The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted in processing the scene.
Following the joint investigation between the Taylorville Police Department and the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team, 31-year-old Jason K. Beaty and 59-year-old Gerald L. Olive were arrested for aggravated unlawful participation in meth production. Beaty and Olive are being held in the Christian County Correctional Center pending court proceedings.
The Taylorville Police Department urges anyone with information regarding illegal drug use or manufacturing to contact Crime Stoppers at 824-9100 or the Taylorville Police Department (824-2211).