Marion County deputies make more arrests in meth investigation

MARION COUNTY — Three more arrests have been made in connection with ongoing investigations into meth-related activity in Marion County.

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 24-year-old Blake Shahan, of Centralia on charges of meth conspiracy, as well as possession with the intent to deliver meth precursors. Bail for Shahan was set Monday in Marion County Court at $30,000 and a July 28, preliminary hearing was scheduled. He was formally charged with Class 2 felony possession of less than 15 grams of meth precursors.

Also arrested are 24-year-old Janet Scarbrough and 28-year-old Matthew Nehrt, both of Salem, on charges of possession and delivery of a meth precursor. Bail for Nehrt was also set Monday in Marion County Court at $30,000, and he was also scheduled for a July 28, preliminary hearing. He was formally charged with Class 2 felony possession of less than 15 grams of meth precursors.

While Scarbrough was only issued a notice to appear in court, Nehrt remains in the Marion County Jail awaiting arraignment in court.

According to reports, the investigation showed Shahan was allegedly more involved with the manufacture of meth, while Scarbrough and Nehrt were responsible for providing pseudephedrine for the manufacture.

Deputies had earlier arrested 35-year-old Shaun Brown, of Centralia, on multiple charges in connection with the ongoing meth investigations.
Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Brown for alleged meth conspiracy and possession of meth precursors in connection with the meth investigation, as well as possession of a controlled substance for a baggie allegedly found in his possession after his arrest that contained a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine. A charge of unlawful use of weapons was added after search allegedly revealed a pair of brass knuckles in his pants pocket.

Brown was arrested at the Knight’s Inn in Centralia, with the assistance of Centralia police. Bail for Brown was set Monday at $25,000 and he is scheduled for a July 29, preliminary hearing. Brown was formally charged with Class 2 felony possession of less than 15 grams of meth precursors, and Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance.