Drug task force officers arrested a Franklin County man this week after a federal grand jury handed up a multi-count felony indictment against him.
Lionel Gillette, 45, St. Clair, was arrested Monday afternoon, March 18, after officers received information that he was staying at the St. Clair Motel off Springfield Road, according to Detective Cpl. Scott Briggs with the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit.
After he was booked, Gillette was turned over to the U.S. marshals service and was being held until a detention hearing can be scheduled, Briggs said.
Gillette is charged in the federal indictment with three counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of distribution of methamphetamine to a person under the age of 21.
Authorities said the charges stem from incidents that occurred in Franklin County between 2009 and 2012, Briggs said.
Some of the incidents were investigated by Sullivan police and others by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Gillette was charged last fall in Franklin County with possession of a firearm by a felon after he was arrested Oct. 26 in a traffic stop on Springfield Road west of St. Clair.
A deputy had been patrolling the area of the Anaconda Cemetery west of St. Clair in response to reports of vandalism and complaints that individuals were manufacturing methamphetamine in that area.
Gillette allegedly refused to allow the deputy to search his vehicle and the Washington police K-9 unit was called to the scene. The dog alerted on the vehicle, indicating that narcotics were present, according to a sheriff’s office report.
The deputy reported seizing suspected methamphetamine and some pills. Gillette also had a handgun in a coat pocket and was in possession of a taser gun.
The deputy also seized a large amount of cash and materials commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to the report.
Gillette also is charged in a separate felony count with possession of precursor drugs with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, according to court records.