On March 17, 2011, Chester Police arrested 46-year-old Virgil Wayne Chambers of Chester, in connection to a Methamphetamine investigation. Police have charged Chambers with Aggravated Participation in Methamphetamine Production (in excess of 400 grams), a class X Felony and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (in excess of 900 grams), also a class X Felony.
In addition to Chambers' arrest, police have also arrested 23-year-old Amber Verville of Perryville, Missouri, 53-year-old Cathy Peeler of Chester, and 50-year-old David Roche of rural Chester in connection with the case. All three were charged with both Aggravated Participation in Methamphetamine Production (in excess of 400 grams), and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (in excess of 900 grams).
The arrest follows a two month long investigation by the Chester Police Department in to the suspected manufacture and sale of methamphetamine. On March 17, 2011, Chester Police executed a search warrant at 1101 Brenda Street in Chester, Chambers' home. Police located what is commonly referred to as a meth lab in the home. Due to the volatile nature of the chemicals associated with the production of methamphetamine, the Chester Police activated the Illinois State Police District 13 Meth Response Team to safely dismantle the lab. According to preliminary reports, police seized in excess of 1600 grams of substances containing methamphetamine, along with a number of methamphetamine manufacturing materials. Chief Coffey indicated that this investigation has not concluded. He said that his officers continue to dig up more information in connection to this case and additional arrests are certainly a possibility.
Chief Coffey commended his officers on a job well done, so far. "This investigation has been quite time consuming and has taken a great deal of commitment. I'm proud of the effort the guys have put forth".