A Marquette Heights man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for operating a meth lab in his home.

Bradley Gregory, 33, faced up to a 30-year term but received the minimum available in exchange for his guilty plea to manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class 1 felony. He has a previous conviction for purchasing cold medicine containing meth’s key ingredient to make the drug.

A second defendant in the case, Sommer Lash, 39, is next due in court on Sept. 22.

Pekin police detectives last March obtained a search warrant to raid the home at 1014 Lincoln Road that Gregory and Lash shared, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.

In and just outside its garage, police found a wide variety of items used to make the highly addictive drug, including one-pot cooking vessels, tubing, muriatic acid and lantern fuel, the affidavit stated.

The detectives also found plastic baggies in the house containing a white substance that tested positive for meth, the affidavit stated.

Their investigation revealed that Lash had made purchases of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) “in a manner consistent” with meth production, the affidavit stated. Gregory’s previous conviction prohibited him from purchasing PSE.

Gregory had been free on bond following his arrest. Lash also remains free pending her prosecution.

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