ALEDO, Ill. — A $100,000 arrest warrant has been issued for the man police have described as “Mercer County’s best meth cook.”

Charles Peacock, 23, failed to appear Tuesday in Mercer County Circuit Court for a hearing on a petition to revoke his probation. He had been released last week on a $50,000 recognizance bond.

Peacock was placed on four years’ probation last May for violating the terms of his probation in a 2015 meth manufacturing case. The Andalusia man originally was placed on three years’ probation for the Class 1 felony in February 2016, but he violated the conditions by visiting the co-defendant in the case and failing to complete a drug evaluation. Mercer County State’s Attorney Meeghan Lee has indicated she is seeking up to 12 years in prison for Peacock.

The co-defendant, Erica Sandusky, 25, of Matherville is awaiting trial and has a pretrial conference set for March 20.

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A Mercer County Sheriff’s Department investigator dubbed Peacock as “Mercer County’s best meth cook” during his original sentencing hearing, describing in meticulous details how he produced the drug.

-- J.C. Taylor

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