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Two Arrested in Centralia Meth Busts Enter Guilty Pleas

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 34-year-old Centralia man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty in Marion County Court for participation in meth manufacturing.  

William Evans of North Hickory had originally been charged with a Class 'X' felony amount of methamphetamine that was reduced as part of an amended charge.  A count of participation in meth manufacturing and a separate charge of possession of methamphetamine were dropped as part of the plea.  In addition to the prison time, Evans was ordered to serve three years of mandatory supervised release and given credit for time served since he was first arrested on August 16th.  

Evans was one of four persons arrested when Centralia Police found a working meth lab in a shed at 330 Marquis Avenue while they were investigating recent burglaries in the neighborhood.  

A 37-year-old Centralia woman entered a guilty plea in another methamphetamine case.  Virginia Davis of West 14th was placed on four years probation and given credit for 71 days served in jail after pleading guilty to possession of meth manufacturing materials. A second count of aggravated participation in meth manufacturing was dropped as part of the plea.  

Davis was one of three people arrested after Marion County Sheriff's Deputies discovered two 'shake and bake' portable meth labs in a garage turned into an apartment at 811 North Cherry in Centralia on April third.   Sheriff Jerry DeVore said at the time of the arrests deputies had gone to the apartment to ask questions about suspicion of drug activity. 

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