Bail set at $500k each for pair arrested on drug trafficking charges

MARION COUNTY — Bail has been set at half-a-million dollars each for two Centralia residents arrested Thursday on warrants stemming from an eight-month investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine and heroin in the community.

According to court records, 58-year-old Anthonette M. Strowder, of 1210 McKee Street in Centralia, was formally charged Friday in Marion County Court with Class X aggravated delivery of between 15 and 100 grams of meth in a protected structure and Class 1 possession of less than 100 grams of meth.

Due to health and medical conditions of Strowder, her initial court appearance had to be conducted at the county jail.

Probable cause was found to detain Strowder, and a first appearance in her case was scheduled for June 27 with court appointed counsel.

Twenty-six-year-old Roosevelt Cooper-McGee was charged with Class X aggravated delivery of between 5-15 grams of meth in a protected structure and Class 2 possession of less than 15 grams of meth.

Probable cause was also found to detain McGee, who requested and was given time to hire private counsel. He is scheduled for a June 28 first appearance with an attorney. If he is unable to hire an attorney by June 28, a public defender will be appointed.

The operation leading to their arrests stemmed from a joint investigation by the Centralia Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office into drug trafficking in the community.

The first round of warrants was served June 2, with 10 people being arrested in Centralia and one arrested in Salem. Since that time four others have turned themselves in to authorities on various charges including delivery of controlled substances.