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Women Accused of Cooking Meth in Church

Church member reported apparent meth lab to authorities on Tuesday, undersheriff says

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    Judith L. Hemken, 53, of Litchfield and Tiffany L. Burton, 26, of Hillsboro, face nine to 40 years in jail if convicted.

    Southern Illinois authorities on Wednesday charged two women with cooking methamphetamine in a church.

    Judith Hemken, 52, of Litchfield, and Tiffany Burton, 26, of Hillsboro, were charged with participating in manufacturing meth. They could each face nine to 40 years in prison if convicted.

    Undersheriff Rick Robbins said authorities responded to a call Tuesday from a Waveland Church member about an apparent meth lab. He said deputies stopped a vehicle the caller had described and arrested the women.


    "We don’t know if they were members," Robbins told The State Journal-Register. "There was no conversation on why they chose the church."

    Bail was set at $200,000 for Hemken. Burton's bail was set at $100,000. It wasn't immediately clear if they had legal representation.

    A small fire broke out from the lithium and moisture from a sink drain as authorities were taking apart the lab, but it was quickly contained and there were no injuries, Robbins said in an email to NBC Chicago.

    Hillsboro is about 65 northeast of St. Louis.
     

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