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State's Atty.: Drug Court "will move forward" following meth related arrests

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John Grotts (WGEM File Photo) John Grotts (WGEM File Photo)
Devin Lawton Devin Lawton
URSA, Ill. (WGEM) -

An Adams County probation officer and a 2012 graduate of the Adams County Drug Court program have been arrested on meth related charges.

They were arrested Friday night at the home of John Grotts at 207 Walker Street in Ursa. Officials say Grotts had been working as a liaison to the Adams County Drug Court program. He was charged with possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine, and unlawful use of a structure to violate the methamphetamine control act.

In a Monday news conference, Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard says Grotts has been an probation officer for more than 12 years and says there was never any reason to suspect him of drug related activity. 

"This is a cautionary tale," Barnard said. "Illicit drugs in general, and methamphetamine in particular, are equal opportunity scourges. Drugs make no fine distinction about their targets or the destruction they wreak. That this may have occurred within an organization whose mission it is to conquer the scourge of drug addiction is evidence of that."

Barnard says officials were tipped to the scene after Grotts' neighbors reported suspicious activity at his home. Grotts has been relieved from his position and is on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Officers with the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force also arrested Devin Lawton, 35, on an outstanding warrant for unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors.

Officers say the two had been living together in Grotts' home. They seized numerous items used to make meth there and also arrested a woman in connection to the search.

Barnard says they will continue to move forward with the Drug Court program, however, they are going over possible changes in procedure.

"This is a sad, and painful, moment, but it is just that; a moment," Barnard said. "The work of Drug Court, on the other hand, is a journey, the goal of which is to save lives."

"Make no mistake; we will deal with this," Barnard added. "Drug Court will move forward, its efforts undiminished, its successes continuing."

He says the investigation is continuing, and other charges are pending.

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