Woman arrested with former Drug Court leader pleads guilty to drug charges

Posted: Jul. 19, 2013 6:13 pm Updated: Aug. 2, 2013 10:15 pm

Devin C. Lawton of Quincy, who was arrested in April along with a former leader of the Adams County Drug Court program, pleaded guilty Friday to two drug-related charges.

Lawton, 35, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamines and possession of meth precursors. A charge of unlawful meth manufacturing was dismissed.

Lawton is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16.

Lawton was arrested April 26 after an investigation by the West Central Illinois Task Force. She was taken into custody after members of the task force and the Adams County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at the home of John Grotts in Ursa. Numerous items indicating drug activity were seized from the residence.

Grotts, 59, is scheduled to go on trial in federal court in August. In June, he pleaded not guilty to a charge of maintaining a drug-involved premises. If convicted, Grotts could spend up to 20 years in federal prison.

Grotts was a probation officer with the Adams County Probation Department and had been involved with the Adams County Drug Court program since 2008.

Drug Court is an intense form of probation for drug abusers. If those sentenced to Drug Court complete the 30-month program, they can avoid jail or prison. There have been 53 graduates since the program started in 2006.

Lawton graduated from Drug Court in May 2012. After her arrest, she told Task Force officers she had been living with Grotts for a year with her daughter and son. She admitted to obtaining and using meth, cannabis and other controlled substances at the house.