SALEM, IL — Bail was set at $750,000 Monday in Marion County Court for a 32-year-old Salem man formally charged with multiple felonies in connection with his weekend arrest on drug, weapons and domestic violence charges. Michael Wessel is facing Class X felony charges of delivery of more than 900 grams of methamphetamine, possession of more than 900 grams of meth, and armed violence, Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery, and Class 3 felonies for being a felon in possession of a weapon and aggravated unlawful restraint.
Wessel was arrested after Salem police reportedly discovered nearly 4 pounds of meth and nearly $25,000 cash either on Wessel or in his home, along with multiple handguns, a rifle, a large amount of ammunition, scales and packaging items associated with the distribution of narcotics. Officers were initially investigating a report of domestic battery and unlawful restraint of a woman being treated for injuries at Salem Township Hospital. The alleged victim reported Wessel had beaten her and then held her in his home against her will with the threat of a handgun.
Wessel is scheduled to next appear in court May 31 for a preliminary hearing and a first appearance with a court-appointed attorney.