Adams County probation officer faces drug charges

Thirty-five-year-old Devin Lawton, a graduate of Grotts' drug court program.

An Adams County probation officer faces multiple felony drug charges after a weekend search of his Ursa home.

Investigators searched John Grotts' home at 207 Walker Street last week and discovered methamphetamine and materials used to make the drug, according to the Adams County Sheriff's Department and the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force.

Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard and Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer appeared at a joint press conference Monday morning to announce that Grotts was relieved of his duties pending the investigation. Grotts also worked as an Adams County Drug Court program liaison.

The Friday search led to drugs found at the residence and the arrest of Devin Lawton, 35, a graduate of Grotts' drug court program. Lawton was in the program because of a previous methamphetamine arrest. Lawton lived with Grotts.

Residents who lived near Grotts complained to police about suspicious activity in and around the home, according to a press release.

Grotts is charged with possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine and unlawful use of property to violate the Methamphetamine Control Act. Both are felonies.

Lawton was arrested on an outstanding warrant for illegal possession of methamphetamine precursors. Grotts will appear in court on May 21 for his charges.