Two Paris residents are in the Edgar County Jail on Class X felony methamphetamine charges.
Following a Paris Police Department narcotics investigation, law enforcement served a search warrant at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at 427 W. Elizabeth Street. The search revealed illegal items, including 616.5 grams of methamphetamine, which is approximately 1.36 pounds of the illegal substance.
The large amount of meth serves as the basis for charging Robert S. Siverly, 62, and Tyra J. Siverly, 38, each with a Class X felony methamphetamine delivery of methamphetamine and a Class X felony possession of methamphetamine.
Robert Siverly was previously convicted in 2005 of two Class X felonies of criminal drug conspiracy related to methamphetamine and a Class 2 felony drug related child endangerment. He was sentenced to 18 years, 22 years and six years respectively on the 2005 charges.
His trial and sentencing were held in absentia because he escaped from the Edgar County Jail before the trial started. He was later apprehended in Las Vegas, Nev., and in June 2009, was sentenced to seven years in prison for a Class 2 felony escape charge.
The prison time for escape started after he completed the sentences from the 2005 conviction.
The public is reminded those arrested, or otherwise charged, are presumed innocent until proven guilty.