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Three from Benton arrested on Illinois meth charges
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GALESBURG, Ill. — Three Benton people were arrested on Illinois methamphetamine and theft charges Wednesday.

Jason D. Hocking, 44, Dylan J. Hocking, 22, and Brenda Haupert, 18, all face felony counts of unlawful participation in meth manufacturing of 15 to 100 grams, possession of meth manufacturing materials, unlawful possession of up to 5 grams of meth, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason Hocking also was charged with felony obstruction of justice. 

Jason Hocking was arrested on a Grant County warrant for operating after revocation (refusal), which was issued Nov. 24, according to Wisconsin court records.

Bond for Dylan Hocking and Haupert was set at $150,000. All three had scheduled court dates Monday.

The Galesburg (Ill.) Register–Mail reported that Dylan Hocking was stopped driving a vehicle without license plates. The vehicle pulled through a Taco Bell and stopped in the parking lot, according to the Register–Mail. Jason Hocking tried to hide in the car and claimed to be someone else with a different date of birth, authorities said.

The Register–Mail reported that authorities said the Hockings and Haupert all acted as if they were intoxicated. After a police dog registered on the car, police found an active one-pot meth lab and methamphetamine-manufacturing materials, including batteries, coffee filters and 2-liter bottles, one of which contained a blue liquid that field-tested positive for meth, according to the Register–Mail.

Police said the vehicle was reported stolen from Dubuque. The three said they were driving through Galesburg to see family, according to the Register–Mail.

Jason Hocking was arrested Aug. 10 for operating after revocation (refusal) and pleaded not guilty Sept. 21, according to Wisconsin court records. His bench warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court for a status conference Nov. 23.

He was sentenced in March 2014 to 18 months in prison and two years extended supervision after his parole was revoked on charges of felony possession of narcotic drugs and neglecting a child, following his arrest on third-offense drunk driving. He has previous Wisconsin convictions for intentionally abusing a hazardous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor theft, intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child, and receiving stolen property.