PEKIN, Ill. (AP) - Three people were charged in a
methamphetamine lab explosion last week that fueled a fire that
gutted a Pekin apartment building, injuring 10 people, one
critically.
Gregory Howell, 25, and Deana Mibbs, 38, both of Pekin, and
Derek Rybolt, 19, of Peoria, were charged Tuesday with unlawful
manufacture of a controlled substance, unlawful criminal drug
conspiracy and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Howell remains in critical condition in the burn unit of
Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. There were no other serious
injuries.
Tazewell County court records contend the three were cooking
meth in Mibbs' apartment when an explosion started the early
morning fire on Jan. 7.
Police found components of a meth lab inside the apartment,
along with a jar containing 697 grams of liquid meth and another
jar containing 655 grams of meth, records show.
If convicted, the three could be sentenced to 20 to 80 years in
prison.

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