Centralia man charged with meth offense after pleading guilty to earlier drug charge

Centralia man charged with meth offense after pleading guilty to earlier drug charge

CENTRALIA, IL — A 46-year-old Centralia man was charged Wednesday in Marion County Court with a new meth offense, just one week after pleading guilty on an earlier drug possession charge. Christopher Taulbee was released from the Marion County Jail last week on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond after he entered into a partial plea agreement on a Class 1 felony charge of possessing between 15 and 100 grams of methamphetamine.

Centralia police then arrested Taulbee Tuesday on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for an alleged parole violation. But while being processed at the jail, a bag of apparent meth fell from his pants. He reportedly grabbed the bag and attempted to eat it before corrections officers were able to secure the baggie. That resulted in his latest charge, Class 3 felony possession of less than five grams of meth. Judge Mark Stedelin set bond in the newest case at $75,000 and appointed a public defender to the case.

Taulbee is next scheduled to appear in court June 15.

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