CENTRALIA, IL — A 26-year-old Centralia man was sentenced Thursday to eight years in federal prison on charges related to a raid on his Centralia residence in January. Montia Ewing was arrested after Centralia police officers, their high-risk team, and the high-risk team from three I.L.E.A.S regions executed a search warrant on his home.
Their search reportedly revealed illegal firearms, an altered 12 Gage shotgun, a fully loaded drum magazine, 26.4 grams of suspected Fentanyl, 169 Grams of cocaine, 13 ecstasy pills as well as approximately $10,500 in cash. The weapons were forfeited in court Thursday prior to Ewings’ sentencing.
He earlier pleaded guilty in federal court in a two-count federal indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.
Police reports indicate Ewing was also running an illegal food service business out of the basement of his home, not only in violation of city ordinances and zoning laws but investigators believe the business was a cover for laundering money.