CENTRALIA, IL — A 30-year-old Centralia man has been arrested in connection with a covert investigation by Centralia police into the street trafficking of drugs in the area.
According to Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson, Donald R. Hemmings was taken into custody Monday in connection with complaints received by the CPD, along with information developed into drug trafficking by a specific individual.
Investigators set up and witnessed a hand-to-hand drug transaction take place in public view and initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle after the transaction was completed.
Hemmings was taken into custody as a result of the traffic stop. At this time it was determined Hemmings had just sold the highly dangerous drug, Fentanyl. He was formally charged Tuesday in Marion County Court with Class 2 felony distribution of a controlled substance. He’s scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to be advised on the charge and for bail to be set.
Hemmings had previously been arrested by Centralia Police on July 2nd and charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver when he was found in possession of 11.2 grams of methamphetamine.