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CHARLESTON -- Police say a residential probation check Friday resulted in the discovery of materials suspected to be used for methamphetamine manufacturing. 

Charleston Deputy Chief Heath Thornton said the Coles County Probation Department called for city police assistance at the residence in the 100 block of Fourth Street. After further investigation, Thornton said materials like "generators" used in meth production were found in the garage of the residence. 

Several people were temporarily detained during the investigation, but only three, John Klimaszewski, 33, Samantha Smith, 31, and Brooke Brown, 22, all of whom reside at the address, were arrested and charged with possession of meth manufacturing materials.

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Thornton said what was found were remnants of a "meth lab," something that city police are seeing less of in recent years. Local meth labs, once a more prominent means of meth access, has largely been replaced with imports of the drug as supply grows and prices drop.  

Klimaszewski, Smith and Brown were taken to the Coles County jail following their arrests. 

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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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