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Police arrest women fleeing eastside meth lab

DECATUR — Two women who allegedly fled from an eastside methamphetamine lab as police arrived were apprehended, and each was charged with three felony counts.

Police were sent to a house in the 2400 block of East Locust Street the evening of March 21 on the report that it was being used to produce the illegal stimulant drug.

When Decatur patrol officer Adam Siefman arrived on the scene, he saw two women "matching the descriptions of the suspects given by the witnesses" as they walked away from the house, through the backyard, toward East Geddes Avenue, said a sworn statement by Siefman.

When the officer shouted "Police! Stop!" the women responded by running away.

A woman, later identified as Brandi Mears, was seen placing a black-and-pink backpack in a large garbage receptacle. The other woman, Kathrynn M. Ellis, "tried hiding behind a privacy fence," Siefman wrote in his statement. Mears was found hiding behind a nearby porch.

Ingredients used in meth production were found in the black-and-pink backpack and during searches in connection with their arrests. The contents of the backpack included lithium battery packs, lighter fluid, drain cleaner, Sudafed pills, Mason jars, tubing and coffee filters.

During a police interview, Mears, 27, "admitted to having the methamphetamine materials to manufacture methamphetamine. She admitted to already preparing the materials, and only stopped when being informed the police were on their way." She admitted that she used methamphetamine and previously cooked the drug.

Ellis, 19, admitted that she was in possession of a "blue box, which was found to have methamphetamine materials." She also admitted that she previously made methamphetamine, police said.

Each woman was charged Tuesday in Macon County Circuit Court with attempted aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacture, possession of methamphetamine precursors and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.

Mears, a parolee who was released from prison Sept. 16, is being held without bond; bond for Ellis was set at $27,000. They are both due in court April 12 for their preliminary hearings.

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