Pair arrested in Mt. Vernon for meth-related child endangerment

MOUNT VERNON — Two Mt. Vernon residents are in the Jefferson County Jail, charged with multiple meth-related crimes including meth-related child endangerment for three children who were in the home at the time.

Mt. Vernon police arrested 22-year-old Levi Perrine and 28-year-old Patricia Henry, after officers responded around 6:45 Thursday night to a home in the 1300 block of South 12th Street to investigate suspicious odors reported by an anonymous caller.

Officers were able to confirm the odors and members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit were called to the scene along with a Hazardous Materials Unit from the Mt. Vernon Fire Department.

Narcotics detectives ultimately executed a search warrant for the home that was issued by Judge David Overstreet. The detectives reportedly located methamphetamine, multiple methamphetamine labs, chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine, and discarded items from previous lab productions. The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team responded to clean up the residence.

All three children were transported to a local hospital for a medical checkup and the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) responded.

Both Perrine and Henry were charged with Meth Related Child Endangerment, Manufacture of Meth over 900 grams, Unlawful Disposal of Meth Waste, Possession of Meth Manufacturing Materials / Chemicals, Possession of Meth, and Possession of Drug Equipment. Both were incarcerated in the Jefferson County Justice Center with bond to be set.

Perrine was on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections. The Department of Corrections was notified and issued a parole violation warrant.