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The Illinois State Police says opioid overdoses are declining, but that agency is also reporting an uptick in the use of methamphetamines. 

In the past, meth was homemade, so the state restricted access to some of the ingredients like sudafed. Now, drug cartels are smuggling the drug into the U.S.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Law enforcement agencies in western Illinois and southeast Iowa are conducting an investigation called Operation Iced Out.  It has nothing to do with the weather. Rather, it is an investigation into the distribution of meth.

20 western Illinois residents were arrested on meth-related charges as part of a six-month investigation authorities are calling Operation Iced Out. The investigation was carried out by the Macomb-McDonough County Drug Unit, which includes members from the Macomb Police Department, the Bushnell Police Department, the McDonough County Sheriff's Department, and the Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety.

Illinois State Police

The state's heroin crisis has captured headlines and the attention of lawmakers. But in the past few years, the number of methamphetamine lab busts has crept back up, and law enforcement officials say the drug is also coming into the state from Mexico. 

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The McDonough County Sheriff’s Department reported that a two month investigation led to the arrests of seven people on charges related to drugs, including meth and heroin.

Rich Egger

Macomb police said they arrested three people who were operating a meth lab from an apartment on the courthouse square. 

Ken Thermon

Residents of the 500 block of North Johnson Street awoke to the sound and sight of numerous law enforcement agencies busting a meth making operation.

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The Illinois Supreme Court is reviewing arguments over whether a McDonough County man should get a third trial in the death of a young girl.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

The person described as the “matriarch” of a criminal enterprise in western Illinois has learned her punishment.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Macomb police said three more people face charges for making methamphetamine in the Macomb area.

State Keeps Cutting Task Force Money

Apr 18, 2014

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force says it will continue to do more with less help from the state of Iowa.


The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said it arrested eight people early Friday as part of ongoing investigations into the manufacture of methamphetamine in the county.

Meth Use on the Rise Again in Illinois

Oct 27, 2013
East Central Illinois Task Force

This past summer, Tena Logan of Loxa, Ill., was convicted of conspiring to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possessing it with intent to distribute.

The McDonough County Sheriff’s Department said members of a Bushnell family face numerous methamphetamine-related charges after a search warrant was executed at their home early Sunday.

Those arrested at the house at 793 North Sperry Street are Virgil Raines, age 50; Brenda Raines, age 50; and Travis Raines, age 22.

The sheriff’s department said three others were arrested in Macomb: Daniel Raines, age 24; Timothy Raines, age 23; and Tiffany Raines, age 21.

Busy 2012 for Task Force

May 9, 2012

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force got its start in 1992.

The organization has been extremely active since the start of 2012.  It has made public dozens of arrests throughout the county.

Commander Stacy Weber credits the work of the detectives involved with the task force.             He says they are three of the most highly motivated officers he has ever met.

Weber also credits the flow of information coming from inmates and staff within the Lee County Jail.