Photos: Alleged meth ring busted in Knox County

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Five area residents face federal charges after police said they busted a methamphetamine operation in Knox County, Illinois.

Sheriff David Clague said investigators from several agencies worked together for several months to make the bust.

Police say the suspects conspired “together and with others to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine in Knox County over a three year period, beginning in or about March 2010 and continuing to March 2013, and involving more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.”

The average street value of one gram of meth is $80.

Five people were arrested Monday, April 15, 2013 in connection with the bust.  They are Paul Boos, 42, of Gilson, Illinois; Jerri Herslow, 42, of Gilson, Illinois; Jerel Deatherage, 33, of Galesburg, Illinois; Thomas May, 32, of Monmouth, Illinois and Leslie Pence, 32, of Galesburg.

The five suspects each face a federal indictment accusing them of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

All five suspects were held in the Knox County Jail.