Traffic Stop In Salem Ends In Arrests Of Two On Meth Charges

(SALEM, IL) — A weekend traffic stop by Salem police resulted in the arrests of two individuals on multiple meth-related charges, including conspiracy and child endangerment. According to Salem police, just after midnight Sunday officers made a traffic stop on South Broadway, after the 46-year-old driver allegedly disregarded a stop sign. Andrew R. Butler, of Salem, was arrested after the officer called for a K-9 unit following the traffic stop and methamphetamine and paraphernalia were reportedly located. Butler was taken to the Marion County Jail, and a subsequent search of his home reportedly resulted in a meth lab and other meth-related items being discovered, and a second person being arrested. Butler was arrested for alleged possession of between 400 and 900 grams of meth, criminal drug conspiracy, meth-related child endangerment, unlawful disposal of meth waste and possession with the intent to deliver meth, as well as aggravated manufacture of methamphetamine, and possession or delivery of meth precursors. Also arrested was 34-year-old Christina M. Bender, also of Salem. Bender was arrested for alleged possession of between 400 and 900 grams of meth, criminal drug conspiracy, meth-related child endangerment, manufacture with the intent to deliver between 400 and 900 grams of meth, using or allowing a property to be used for a meth conspiracy, aggravated manufacture of meth and possession of a controlled substance. Four children between the ages of 8 and 14 were reportedly in the home at the time meth was being made.