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CHARLESTON -- The Coles County deputies recently made two arrests on methamphetamine-related charges in two separate cases.

The Coles County Sheriff's Office reported in a press release that Cody Ackerman, 29, of Mattoon was arrested on preliminary charges of meth possession and obstructing justice Thursday during a traffic stop in which Dakota Allen, 20, of Mattoon was arrested on a preliminary charge of driving while license suspended

According to the release, the sheriff's office conducted this traffic stop at 2:02 p.m. Thursday at County Road 1250N and U.S. Route 45 after a deputy spotted a suspended driver, Allen, driving a vehicle there.

The passenger, Ackerman, was a suspect in a prior traffic stop that was conducted on Nov. 28 at 1000N and Route 45. In the prior incident, Ackerman allegedly lied to deputies about a suspect that fled from his vehicle and was in possession of .4 grams of ice meth.

An investigation was completed during the traffic stop on Thursday. Both Ackerman and Allen were arrested and taken to the Coles County jail.

Regarding other arrests, Joshua J. Monroe, 40, of Greenup was arrested on preliminary charges of driving under the influence of drugs and meth possession during a traffic stop at 4:24 a.m. Friday at Illinois Route 130 at County Road 50N in Hutton Township.

A deputy initiated the traffic stop after observing a vehicle displaying improper lane usage traveling southbound. The driver, Monroe, allegedly showed indicators of impairment during field sobriety testing and was subsequently arrested on the above charges.

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