Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

GALENA — The Cherokee County Sheriff‘s Department in conjunction with the Galena Police Department arrested two Galena residents on meth charges Friday afternoon.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said his department along with GPD served a search warrant at their residence in Galena where they arrested Jessica Burton, 28, and Timothy Burton, 29, on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Groves said the department had been investigating the pair for pseudoephedrine exceedance.

“We found they had been going to Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma buying large amounts of pseudoephedrine,” Groves said.

All three states have limits on how much of the over-the-counter allergy medicine can be purchased at one time. Pseudoephedrine is a required ingredient for meth.

Groves said he didn‘t know for certain in this case, but it is common for meth addicts to trade pseudoephedrine for finished meth.

Both Burtons are being held in the Cherokee County Jail on $20,000 bond.