Man Charged After Methamphetamine Lab Found In House

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Cook County Sheriff’s Police arrested a 21-year-old La Grange Highlands man after the makings of a methamphetamine lab was found in his home, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.

Daniel Kowalski has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, and possession of methamphetamine precursors, which are all felonies. He also was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

At approximately 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Sheriff’s Police narcotics officers went with members of the Sheriff’s Electronic Monitoring Unit to perform a home check at his residence, a coach house in the 1000 block of 61st Street in unincorporated La Grange Highlands, after narcotics officers received information that Kowalski may be trying to cook methamphetamine.

Inside the residence, officers found glass beakers, burners, chemicals, and instructional materials for making controlled substances. The lab was not active.

Officers also found 12 jars of psychedelic mushrooms in the residence.

Kowalski is on electronic monitoring.

Sheriff’s Police had arrested him in July after they found a suspected methamphetamine lab at his home at that time.

Two other men were located inside the residence during the home check on Monday. They were taken into custody and later released without charges.

An Illinois State Police Clandestine Lab removal team responded and removed the chemicals and lab equipment.

Kowalski is scheduled to appear this morning for a bond hearing at the Bridgeview Courthouse.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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