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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.