Marion Man Faces Meth Charges

(MARION, IL) — A Marion man is facing meth-related charges after the Marion Police Department Narcotics Unit conducted a narcotics investigation which led to a meth making lab being found in a taxi Monday. According to Marion Police Chief Dawn Tondini, 36-year-old Eric A. Loar was issued citations for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth manufacturing materials, possession of meth waste and possession of methamphetamine.  Loar was taken to the Williamson County Jail awaiting future court proceedings. During the narcotics investigation, officers were conducting surveillance in the 1500 block of W. DeYoung Street.  During the surveillance, officers saw Loar enter a Red Top Taxi after placing several large bags in the trunk.  A traffic stop was initiated at the intersection of DeYoung Street and Halfway Road, stopping in the parking lot of Pilot Travel Center. A Marion Police Department Canine Unit was requested to the scene to conduct an open air sniff of the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert.  A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine manufacturing materials, a meth lab, and drug paraphernalia. The Marion Fire Department and the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team arrived to assist and contain the scene. It should be noted that Red Top Cab and its driver were not involved, nor aware of the above-mentioned narcotics investigation.