A 43-year-old Fairbury man was arrested Tuesday for what police believe may be the biggest meth bust in the town since 2002.
David Stenson was taken to the Jefferson County Jail on several felony charges, including manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine.
Officers served a search warrant at his house in northeast Fairbury around 7 a.m. Tuesday where they found chemicals used to make meth, a suspected meth lab that was in the middle of production and a 12-gauge shotgun.
Receipts found on the property show Stenson could have allegedly been making meth since as early as 2008. And based off the things found at the home, officers believe a large amount of meth was produced at that site.
Fairbury Police Chief Chad Sprunk said, "We're not sure exactly how long it was active, but going off the components that were located, it was a large number of times meth was produced at the residence."
Neighbors say they were surprised to hear Stenson may have been running a meth lab in his home.
Victoria Johnson, who is staying with her family next door, said her younger brothers played basketball on a hoop outside Stenson's home and her grandparents would occasionally talk to him.
Another neighbor said only that Stenson was a "friendly" man and that the allegations against him were "shocking."
Sprunk says Stenson is the only suspect at this time, but added that the investigation is ongoing and more charges could come later.
Stenson is currently being held without bond on seven felony charges including manufacturing a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during a drug crime, possession of anhydrous ammonia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and failure to pay drug tax stamp.