Police in South Roxana say a 33-year-old man was cooking meth when his operation started a fire earlier this month. Thomas R. Westbrook, of the 1300 block of Gonterman Avenue, is charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing. He is being held on a quarter-million dollar bond.
Fire fighters were called to the home in the 1300 block of Gonterman Street to the report of a fire at a detached garage the afternoon of January 2. Police were called to the scene as well, once fire crews determined an alleged drug operation and the discovery of Meth making materials. A home day care was evacuated at the residence as a precaution, which authorities later determined was operating on an expired state license.