Police: Man allegedly used local hotel room as meth lab

By Ryan Chodora

A man has been charged with manufacturing meth after allegedly using a Travel Inn hotel room as a meth lab.

The DeKalb Police Department responded to a call on Oct. 27 in regard to suspicious items found in a dumpster. The items were determined to be methamphetamine paraphernalia. After interviewing suspects and witnesses, it was learned that suspects were manufacturing methamphetamine in a hotel room at the Travel Inn, 1116 West Lincoln Highway, according to a news release by the city of DeKalb.

Thomas M. Wilkenson, 29, was charged with aggravated participation in meth manufacturing, participation of meth manufacturing, meth manufacturing materials, meth delivery and possession of drug Paraphernalia.

The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team was brought in to assist with the cleanup of the materials.

“That stuff’s explosive, it’s hazardous,” said DeKalb Lt. Bob Redel.

Redel said this was the second methamphetamine manufacturing related bust in the city in the past six months.

Only Wilkenson has been charged so far, but the police department expects more charges to come from this incident.

The Illinois State Police, the DeKalb Fire Department, the DeKalb Police Department responded to the call.