An East Moline man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police say they found a meth lab in his home.
Evan D. Peterson, 24, of 1113 45th Ave., was arrested on suspicion of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, and methamphetamine delivery.
He was being held at the Rock Island County Jail Wednesday, pending a formal arraignment Thursday.
About 12:30 p.m., a search warrant was executed at the house by East Moline Police, Illinois State Police and the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group, East Moline Police Sgt. Chad Broderson said.
He confirmed the presence of an active meth lab at the one-story house. MEG officers dressed in hazmat suits carried bags containing evidence from the house to waiting vehicles.
"We partnered with MEG and Illinois State Police," East Moline Police Lt. Darren Gault said. "We used a specially trained team to execute those search warrants and to clean up the scene. By the time they leave, it's safe again for the community."
Lt. Gault said East Moline police have been investigating the residence for "some time now."
Neighbors Lawrence and Ruth Whitehair said they see a lot of vehicles coming and going from the house and police often are called to the address to settle disputes and other complaints.
"The police are there all the time," Mr. Whitehair said. "It ain't their first rodeo."
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.