Federal charges filed against Salem woman and Centralia man for October drug bust

Federal charges filed against Salem woman and Centralia man for October drug bust

CENTRALIA, IL — Federal authorities have filed new charges against a 32-year-old Salem woman a 40-year-old Centralia man previously indicted on charges of possession with the intent to distribute drugs. Jennifer Branson and Tyrone G. or “TG” Etheridge, were indicted last October on one count each of possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams of more of methamphetamine on or about October 13, 2021, in Marion County.

Branson was first reportedly arrested when she went into the Centralia Police Department to pick up another person who was taken in for questioning. Officers were aware of the federal arrest warrant for Branson on the meth distribution charge and took her into custody. Both she and Etheridge were charged last week in a superseding indictment charging them with possession of a controlled substance on or about October 13, 2021, with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; and possession on or about April 26, 2020, with the intent to distribute a controlled substance that being meth and heroin.

Etheridge charged in the superseding indictment with being a felon in possession possession on April 26, 2020, of a 38 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol, a Mossberg 22 caliber rifle, a Colt 32 caliber pistol, and a Ruger Mark 2 22 caliber pistol. Federal authorities are seeking the forfeiture of all the firearms he was alleged to have in his possession.

Branson and Etheridge were both charged in a fourth count of the indictment with conspiring while detained as federal inmates in the Clinton County Jail to possess Suboxone, a narcotic drug.

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