Centralia Police Acting Police Chief Brian Atchison says city police have seized a total of five firearms as well as illegal drugs in three separate incidents during the past three days.
The latest incident was around 9:30 Monday morning when officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle occupied by a male subject who appeared to be sleeping in the Walmart parking lot.
The driver, 20-year-old Brandon Behnke of Clay City, was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon, no firearm owners identification card, and possession of methamphetamine. A passenger, 18-year-old Zoie Bryant of Clay City, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug equipment for allegedly possessing a hypodermic syringe.
The officer who first approached the car allegedly saw Behnke with a drug pipe sitting in his lap. After exiting the vehicle, an officer allegedly discovered a partially concealed handgun between the front seat and console. They seized the nine mm handgun as well as a loaded 12 gauge shotgun later reportedly found in the trunk.
Both Behnke and Bryant were taken to the Clinton County Jail at Carlyle.
Another incident occurred Sunday morning when an officer saw a wanted subject run into a residence in the 900 block of East Kell. Upon contact, 26-year-old Theodore Johnson of East Kell was arrested on an outstanding Vermilion County warrant for failure to appear on a probation violation for possession of a controlled substance.
While at the residence, Atchison says an officer saw a handgun in plain view, located inside of a car parked in the driveway at the residence. Two loaded handguns as well as 30 grams of suspected heroin were found in the car. The seized items will be sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for processing.
Johnson later posted $1,000 on a warrant and was released.
On Saturday, Centralia Police arrested 22-year-old Cameron Threadgill of Carlyle after a loaded 9mm handgun was found concealed in his pants following a traffic stop in which he was a passenger. Threadgill was arrested for possession of armed violence, unlawful use of weapons and no firearm owners ID card. In addition to the gun, $452 in cash was seized from Threadgill.
Another passenger, 21-year-old Kourtney Guess of Carlyle, was arrested for manufacture/delivery of cannabis after 15 grams of suspected cannabis was seized.
The driver, 19-year-old Dangelo Fleener of Rasback Street in Centralia, was arrested for driving on a suspended drivers license and not wearing a seatbelt.