Three arrested on meth charges in Fayette County

FAYETTE COUNTY — Three individuals are in the Fayette County jail, each charged with Class X felonies for manufacturing methamphetamine.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Ade-Harlow, after a brief investigation, Vandalia detectives executed a search warrant on 36-year-old Justin Leonberger’s Vandalia home, where they found approximately 500 grams of a substance containing meth and took Leonberger into custody.

But detectives felt it prudent to locate the other two individuals, 29-year-old Tommy Lee Stockton, of Altamont, and 19-year-old Shana Reed, of St. Elmo.

Harlow says Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies located Stockton and could smell ether outside the home, but did not locate any meth related items inside the home.

The smell, she noted, was stronger outside the home and near a carport, where they reportedly found over 100 grams of white sludge indicative of a fresh manufacture. Reed, says Harlow, is believed to be Stockton’s girlfriend and to have assisted in the manufacture.

All three are charged with Class X manufacture of between 400 and 900 grams of meth. Reed is also charged with Class 2 felony possession of less than 15 grams of meth precursors.

Bail has been set at $50,000 each for the defendants, with Stockton and Reed appearing in court and appointed public defenders to represent them.

Leonberger, however, was not brought to court due to unexplained physical and mental conditions at the time. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.