MATTOON -- Police arrested a Mattoon man early Thursday morning on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a look-alike substance.

A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that Timothy J. Drake, 29, of Mattoon was arrested on the charges at 2:12 a.m. in the 700 block of North First Street.

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The charges allege that Drake possessed methamphetamine and a substance that looked like meth but was not when police made contact with him. Drake was taken to the Coles County jail.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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