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Marion man arrested for meth lab found in taxi cab

June 7, 2017

MARION, Ill. — A Marion man is facing meth-related charges after the Marion Police Department Narcotics Unit conducted a narcotics investigation that led to a meth lab being found in a taxi Monday.

According to Marion Police Chief Dawn Tondini, 36-year-old Eric A. Loar was arrested for alleged manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth manufacturing materials, possession of meth waste and possession of methamphetamine.  Loar was taken to the Williamson County Jail to await the formal filing of charges and the setting of bail.

During the investigation, officers were conducting surveillance in the 1500 block of West DeYoung Street, and allegedly witnessed Loar enter a Red Top Taxi after placing several large bags in the trunk.  A traffic stop was subsequently conducted at the intersection of DeYoung Street and Halfway Road, with the taxi stopping in the parking lot of Pilot Travel Center.

A Marion Police Department K-9 Unit responded to the scene to conduct an open air sniff of the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert.  A search of the vehicle reportedly revealed methamphetamine manufacturing materials, a meth lab and drug paraphernalia.

The Marion Fire Department and the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team were dispatched to assist and contain the scene.

It should be noted that Red Top Cab Company and its driver were not involved with nor aware of the above-mentioned narcotics investigation.

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