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Home invasion? No. Meth bust? Yes.
Brian Austin - photo by Photo provided

A call to 911 on a reported home invasion early Tuesday morning led instead to the arrest of four people on meth-related charges.

Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Interstate Circle on a 911 call about 4 a.m. As deputies arrived on the scene, the home’s occupants claimed they were hearing people in the back bedrooms and thought someone had broken into their residence, according to sheriff’s reports.

But as deputies investigated the matter, they discovered there wasn’t anyone breaking into the home.

“They were hallucinating,” said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor. The home’s residents even told deputies “they’re getting on my boat.”

Brian Austin told 911 dispatchers there were about “five or six guys in my front yard and one of got into my car.” He also said they were “walking around in my front yard.”

Deputies said Brian Johnson, 28, of Bloomingdale, and Austin, 25, of Bloomingdale were hallucinating after using methamphetamine. Investigators who later arrived at the location discovered a methamphetamine lab at the residence.

Austin was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and crossing a guard line with a controlled substance after deputies found he had the additional drugs in his possession as he was being booked into jail.

Johnson was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and conspiracy to commit a drug related offense.

Sherry Horton, 32, of Bloomingdale, and William Hendrix, 35 of Bloomingdale, were both charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

All four suspects are currently in the Effingham County Jail.