If you’re going to run a meth lab, you better think of a good way to disguise it. And what better way to hide a meth lab than by running it out of a church basement?
Judith Hemken, 53, and Tiffany Burton, 26 were arrested this week after police found the pair's meth lab in a rural Illinois church basement.
The couple was spotted at Waveland Hillsboro Presbyterian Church by one of the church’s members. The member was confused as to why people were in the church since no events were scheduled for the night. The member saw one woman outside the church and another in the basement holding suspicious equipment. Turns out the “suspicious equipment” was being used to make meth.
The member called police, but both women fled from the church before officers arrived. Police pulled over the suspects car soon after and held them in custody while they searched the church basement. Sure enough, the basement had a fully-functional meth lab inside.
Both women were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. If convicted, they could each spend the next 40 years in prison.
In addition to her meth manufacturing charge, Hemken was charged with felony aggravated fleeing police. Her bond was set at $200,000, while Burton’s was set at $100,000.