Three Arrested In Centralia Traffic Stop

(CENTRALIA, IL) — A Saturday night traffic stop by Centralia police resulted in the arrests of three people on multiple drug-related charges. According to police, 54-year-old Michael Lawson, of Centralia, is being held in the Marion County Jail on charges of manufacture with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, obstructing justice, and failure to appear in court on felony drug charges from earlier this year. A 23-year-old Iuka man posted bond and was released. Dylan Jennings was charged with possession of methamphetamine, while 40-year-old Rebecca Shoemaker, of Kell, was given a notice to appear in court for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia. Police reports indicate Jennings was driving when police stopped his vehicle at Fourth and Chestnut in Centralia. Lawson was a backseat passenger in the vehicle and officers were aware he was wanted on an outstanding Marion County warrant. While removing Lawson from the vehicle, cash and a black package fell to the ground. Police were able to later confirm the package contained K2 synthetic cannabis. A K-9 unit responded to the scene and the dog reportedly alerted on the vehicle, resulting in three baggie containers allegedly being found on Jennings that contained a substance that field tested positive as meth. According to an investigation, Jennings and Shoemaker were in Centralia looking for meth and he had given Lawson a ride to a home where he purchased the meth for Jennings for $90. Jennings was returning Lawson home when he was pulled over. Lawson had failed to appear last week in Marion County Court on two separate felony cases. In the first case, filed in January, Lawson is charged with Class 3 felony possession of less than 5-grams of methamphetamine. His arrest in that case came after Centralia police allegedly found meth on Lawson during a traffic stop. He was freed in that case on April 10 after posting $2,500 cash bond. The second case charges Lawson with Class 2 felonies for being a felon in possession of a firearm with a prior conviction and possessing less than 15 grams of meth. He was free in that case after posting $5,000 cash bond. His arrest in that case came April 25 after Centralia police executed a search warrant at his North Locust Street home and allegedly discovered ICE – a form of methamphetamine that is 80-percent pure – and a loaded revolver.