Searches turns up drugs, cash & handgun, 3 arrested

Three people were arrested search warrants turned up drugs in Vandalia.

Thursday evening, the East Central Drug Task Force, with help from the Audrain County Sheriffâ??s Office, Highway Patrol and Vandalia Police Department served three search warrants in the city of Vandalia: in the 300 block of Block of Bland, the 400 block of Walsh and the 700 block of Highland.

Officers found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, nearly $4,000 in cash and a .40 caliber handgun.

26-year-old Robert Lawson was arrested for distribution of marijuana.

17-year-old Elizabeth Marie Gentry was arrested for distribution of marijuana.

40-year-old Loretta Jane Nesbitt was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.