Three arrested in recent drug sweep plead guilty in Marion County court

MARION COUNTY — Three individuals arrested last month in a Marion County drug sweep were sentenced Wednesday in Marion County court after they each pleaded guilty to related meth charges.

All three, 33-year-old Michael Hallam and 35-year-old Matthew Unsell, both of Salem, along with 22-year-old Jeremy Woodward, of Alma, pleaded guilty to Class 2 felony charges of possessing less than 15 grams of meth precursors.

They were each sentenced to 30 days in jail, with credit for 30 days served and ordered to serve 2 years probation and pay $692 in fines and fees. Additionally, they must all complete drug and alcohol treatment, as well as abstain from drugs and alcohol, with testing.

The three were arrested in January as part of a county-wide drug sweep that resulted in 19 warrants being executed that morning.

Four teams consisting of 30 officers from agencies including the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Marshals Service, State Police Methamphetamine Response Unit along with Salem, Centralia, Wamac, Sandoval, Alma, Kinmundy and Iuka police departments.

The 19 arrests came just over a week after 16 individuals were arrested in a federal level drug sweep through Marion County.