Another Arrest Made In Centralia Drug Case

(SALEM, IL) — Reported drug activity and two drug-related arrests over the weekend led Centralia police to execute a search warrant for a home on North Locust Sunday, which resulted in the arrest of a 54-year-old Centralia man on drug and weapons charges. Michael Lawson was arrested Sunday but wasn’t formally charged until this morning when Class 2 felony charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of less than 15 grams of methamphetamine. Judge Marc Kelly set bail for Lawson at $75,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 9. According to Centralia police, they executed the warrant at Lawson’s home around 2:30 Sunday morning and discovered ICE – a form of methamphetamine that is 80-percent pure – and a loaded revolver. Central City and Wamac officers, along with Marion County Sheriff’s deputies and Illinois State Police assisted CPD with the execution of the search warrant. According to CPD, reports of drug activity at Lawson’s home along with the arrests of 24-year-old Michael Scherer, of Sturgis, Kentucky, and 40-year-old Elizabeth Nauert, of Centralia, led detectives to secure the search warrant. Both Scherer and Nauert were observed leaving Lawson’s home over the weekend and were subsequently stopped a short time after. In searching Nauert’s vehicle, officers reportedly discovered meth, various narcotic pills, digital scales and other drug equipment. She was charged Monday in Marion County court with Class 2 felony possession of between 5 and 15 grams of meth, and three counts Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance. Her bail was set at $20,000. Following his traffic stop, Scherer was reportedly found to be in possession of more than 53 grams of ICE in three separate baggies, along with digital scales with meth residue and other drug paraphernalia. He was charged Monday in Marion County court with Class X felony delivery of between 15 and 100 grams of meth and Class 1 felony possession of between 15 and 100 grams of meth. His bail was set at $100,000. All three subjects remain in the Marion County Jail.