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Bond Set at a Half-Million Dollars for Two Arrested in Thursday Drug Bust

June 17, 2017

Two Centralia residents arrested on drug charges during execution of a search warrant have had bond set at $500,000 apiece.

Judge Michael McHaney set the bond for 51-year-old Anthonette Strowder of 1210 McKee Street and 26-year-old Roosevelt Cooper-McGee of East Kell Street. Both were arrested at Strowder’s home when Centralia Police executed a search warrant.

Strowder was charged with aggravated possession with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of 15 to 100 grams of methamphetamine and Cooper-McGee for aggravated possession with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of 5 to 15 grams of methamphetamine. Both of the unlawful possession with intent to deliver charges are enhanced Class X felonies because the structure was protected by a surveillance system.

If convicted, Strowder will face an 8 to 40 year prison term and Cooper-McGee a 6 to 30 year prison term. Cooper-McGee will also have to serve his prison term consecutive to any time handed down in two other felony cases currently pending against him.

In the probable cause statements, State’s Attorney Bill Milner noted there were 56 individually wrapped packages that contained one gram of methamphetamine in Strowder’s bedroom. He reports police caught Cooper-McGee allegedly trying to flush an additional 10.6-grams of meth down a toilet, resulting in the meth charges against him.

In addition to the drugs, Milner reported several thousand dollars in cash was recovered. He said the surveillance system allowed for the monitoring of the outside of the house as well as those entering the home.

Strowder had the public defender appointed to represent her and a first appearance with counsel set for June 27th. Her first court appearance was held in the law enforcement center due to health and medical conditions.

Cooper-McGee said he would attempt to hire his own attorney, with a first appearance with attorney set for June 28th.

Centralia Police reported the arrest culminated an eight month long investigation that was separate from another on-going drug investigation that has resulted in 14 arrests so far.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies, Central City and Wamac Police assisted with the drug bust along with the State’s Attorney’s office.

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