Early morning police raid results in arrest of Centralia man on drug charges

CENTRALIA — A 28-year-old Centralia man is in the Marion County Jail following his early Friday morning arrest during a raid on a Centralia home.

According to Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson, around 6:22 a.m. Friday, the Centralia Police Department in conjunction with the FBI Drug Task Force executed a search warrant in the 800 block of Martin Luther King Drive in Centralia and arrested Duan M. Brown.

The warrant was in relation to an ongoing drug trafficking investigation inside the city of Centralia. The Centralia Police Department’s HRT Team along with the ILEAS HRT team executed the search warrant without incident after multiple controlled buys of suspected Heroin/ Fentanyl.

During the search of the residences, Brown was taken into custody and transported to the Marion Co Jail for Delivery of a controlled substance. Dodson says the charges stem from multiple controlled buys of Heroin/ Fentanyl conducted over several weeks. During the search of the residence, officers also seized a firearm and a large quantity of various caliber ammunition.

Dodson explains the operation was the result of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Centralia Police and local law enforcement officers assigned to the Federal Drug Task Force. The operation involved officers from the Carlyle Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Wamac Police Department, Central City Police Department and the Centralia Police Department.

According to Dodson, these types of operations are an example of local law enforcement working in partnership with Federal agencies to combat the drug problems in our area.

Brown is being held on state charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Additional charges may still be filed and this case may be transferred to Federal Court after a review by the U.S Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Illinois at a future date.