Drug court officer's drug hearing postponed

A Tuesday morning court hearing will be rescheduled for a former Adams County probation officer at the center of a drug investigation.

Police discovered methamphetamine and materials used to make the drug during an April search at the Ursa home of John Grotts, the Adams County Sheriff's Department and the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force said.

The State's Attorney's Office confirmed the cancellation of an initial appearance hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning. The prosecutor's office has not filed formal charges against Grotts as of Tuesday.

First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said the office is waiting for additional information related to the case. The State's Attorney's Office is expected to release additional information about the case at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Grotts was relieved of his duties pending the investigation. Grotts also worked as an Adams County Drug Court program liaison.

The 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 faces charges of 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.