PRESS RELEASES

 

The listed charges are merely an

accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

 

 

On Thursday, December 18, 2014 at approximately 8:23 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 722 N. Hammes Avenue, Kankakee, IL. During the investigation, agents seized heroin, drug packaging materials a digital scale, currency and drug paraphernalia.   The resident, Coy L. Butler, age 49,  was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a park.  Butler was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

 

On Monday, December 15, 2014 at approximately 5:42 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Duquan M. Walton, age 19, of 348 N. Rosewood Avenue, Kankakee, IL for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church and for an outstanding Will County warrant for unlawful  possession of a controlled substance.   During a drug investigation in the 200 block of  West Court Street in Kankakee, Walton delivered  12 individually wrapped bags of crack cocaine which weighed approximately 1.4 grams.  Walton  was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Monday, December 8, 2014 at approximately 3:06 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Ladarrell L. Riley, age 24, of 865 West Harbor Street, Kankakee, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a public housing complex and for obstructing/resisting police.  During an investigation in the 800 block of West Harbor Street, Riley delivered a substance purported to be heroin. Riley was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Monday, December 1, 2014 at approximately 9:42 p.m.,  KAMEG agents arrested Devontae D. Gentry, age 22, of 459 South Lincoln Avenue, Kankakee, IL for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school and for outstanding warrants for delivery of a controlled substance, domestic battery and resisting a peace officer.  During an investigation in the 400 block of South Lincoln Avenue,  Gentry was found to be in possession of 16 bags of heroin which weighed approximately 2.9 grams.  Gentry was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  As a result of the investigation, the Illinois Department of Corrections issued a parole violation warrant for Gentry.    

 

On Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at approximately 4:50 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Dylan E. Palenik, age 23, of 704 South Elm Street, Kankakee, IL for delivery of a controlled substance. During a drug investigation in the 500 block of Riverstone Parkway in Kankakee, Palenik delivered 3.3 grams of cocaine.   Palenik was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was charged with three additional counts of delivery of a controlled substance.           

 

 

On Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at approximately 3:45p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Todd A. Saxon Jr., age 22, of 530 N. Cottage Avenue, Kankakee, IL  for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park. During a drug investigation in the 700 block of North Hobbie Avenue in Kankakee, Saxon delivered crack cocaine.   Additionally, Saxon was arrested on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.  Saxon was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

 

 

 

On Sunday, November 23, 2014, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents and Kankakee City police officers executed a search warrant at 2313 East Maple Street, Kankakee, IL.  During the investigation, officers located firearm ammunition, a .38 caliber revolver, drug packaging material, drug paraphernalia, a digital scale, cocaine and 43.8 grams of cannabis.    Resident, Erik Olivares, age 24, was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis (30-500 grams), unlawful possession of a firearm by felon, possession of a firearm by a known gang member and for unlawful possession of firearm ammunition by a felon.  Santos A. Salgado, age 29, was arrested for unlawful possession of firearm ammunition by a felon.  Both were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

 

On Monday, November 3,  2014 at approximately 7:12 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Tiffany R. Smith, age 24, of 282 N. 8th Avenue, Kankakee, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church.  During the investigation, Smith delivered cocaine in the 200 block of West Court Street, Kankakee, IL.  Smith was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

 

On Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 7:35 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents executed a search warrant at 892 South East Avenue, Apartment #4, Kankakee, IL. During the investigation, officers located 10.9 grams of crack cocaine and a .380 caliber handgun. Resident, Adelbert R. Sykes, age 45, was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church, no valid FOID, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a weapon by a felon. Sykes was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Sunday, October 26, 2014 at approximately 11:56 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 675 N. 10th Avenue, Kankakee, IL.   During the investigation, agents seized approximately 76.2 grams of cannabis, drug packaging material, drug paraphernalia, a digital scale, currency,  four handguns, one shotgun, one rifle and ammunition.    Resident, Robert M. Brown, age 42, was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis (10-30 grams) and for possession of a firearm by a felon.  Resident, Debra D. Shearer, age 39, was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis (10-30 grams).  Both were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 at approximately 9:22 p.m., KAMEG agents stopped a vehicle in the 300 block of West Merchant Street, Kankakee, IL for failure to signal when required.  During the investigation, agents arrested Tommy Dillon, age 24, for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church.  Agents seized 12 clear plastic bags of crack cocaine (approximately 2.2 grams) from Dillon.  After being transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center, corrections officers located an additional .4 grams of crack cocaine in Dillon’s pant pocket.  Dillon, an Illinois Department of Corrections parolee is being held pending the issuance of an IDOC parole violation warrant.

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:50 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Darrick D. Ford, age 43, of 1235 East Chestnut Street, Kankakee, IL and Kevin J. Singleton, age 37, of 1211 East Chestnut Street, Kankakee,  for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park.  Both were arrested after .9 grams of crack cocaine was delivered in the 1100 block of East Oak Street, Kankakee, IL.  Ford and Singleton were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:31 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Tommie L. Sherman, age 25, of 435 N. Fairmont Avenue, Kankakee, IL for unlawful delivery of cannabis 30-500 grams and for driving while suspended.  Sherman was arrested after he delivered approximately 112.5 grams of cannabis in the 600 block of N. Entrance Avenue, Kankakee, IL.   Sherman was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

 

On Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 9:43 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Daniel C. Morris Jr., age 31, of 768 N. Greenwood Avenue, apartment #2, Kankakee, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.  Additionally, agents arrested Detric A. Dee, age 41, of 758 N. Greenwood Avenue, apartment #1, Kankakee, IL for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and for unlawful possession of cannabis- under 2.5 grams.  Morris was arrested after he delivered .9 grams of cocaine in the 200 block of East Brookmont Blvd, Kankakee, IL.  During the investigation, Dee was found to be in possession of 2.1 grams of cannabis.  Additionally, agents located a loaded .38 caliber revolver in Dee’s vehicle.  Morris and Dee were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Saturday, October 11, 2014 at approximately 7:34 p.m.,  KAMEG agents arrested Naamon L. White Jr., age 30, of 871 South Dearborn Avenue, Kankakee, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church,  unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams) and  obstructing/resisting a peace officer.  White was arrested after he sold five bags of suspected cocaine in the 200 block of N. Entrance Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  After being detained, White attempted to flee but was apprehended after a short foot chase.  Additional amounts of cocaine and cannabis were located by KAMEG agents at that time.    White was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Friday, October 10, 2014 at approximately 9:15 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Lanail D. Davis, age 24, of 219 South Washington Avenue, Kankakee, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church, and for driving while suspended. Davis was arrested after he sold crack cocaine in the 500 block of South Washington Avenue, Kankakee, IL. Davis was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

 

On Friday, October 10, 2014, at approximately 6:45 a.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 16605 East 10500 North Road, Grant Park, IL. During a search of the home, agents located approximately 952.8 grams of cannabis, 8.5 grams of cannabis wax,  drug paraphernalia, drug packaging material and a digital scale.  Resident, Andrew D. Oertle, age 20, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (500-2000 grams).  Oertle was transported to and detained at the  Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Saturday, October 4, 2014 at approximately 8:12 p.m.,  KAMEG agents arrested Devon J. Jennings, age 26, of 592 South Rosewood, Kankakee, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams), operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  During an investigation in the 500 block of East River Street, Kankakee, IL, Jennings delivered five packets of a substance purported to be heroin.  Agents also located cocaine and cannabis during the arrest.  Jennings was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, representatives from KAMEG, Bradley Police Department, Bourbonnais Police Department and the Kankakee Police Department manned area locations for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  KAMEG Director Aaron Harsy reported that 417 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were removed from circulation in the Kankakee County area.  The program continues to be an effective tool for disposing of unwanted prescription drugs in the Kankakee County area.  

On Friday, September 26, 2014 at approximately 6:24 a.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents executed a search warrant at 8138 North 11000 East Road, Grant Park, IL.  During a search , officers located approximately 20.5 pounds of cannabis, 55 cannabis plants, grow materials, currency and drug  paraphernalia.  Resident, Juan Manuel Lopez-Gonzalez, age 39, was arrested for manufacture of cannabis with intent to deliver- over 5000 grams and with production/possession of cannabis sativa plants (50-100 plants).   Lopez-Gonzalez was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, at approximately 8:11 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents executed a search warrant at 461 N. Rosewood Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  During the investigation, officers located approximately 2.6 grams of crack cocaine, cannabis, currency and drug packaging materials.  Resident, Derron D. Washington, age 39,  was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church and for unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams).  Washington was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  Washington was on parole for a previous drug conviction.  Washington’s parolee status was revoked and a IDOC parole violation warrant was issued. 

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at approximately 6:57 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Randal D. Young, age 28, of 100 North Cottage Avenue, Kankakee, IL for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, possession of a firearm by a known gang member , no FOID and for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.  While conducting an investigation in the 100 block of North Cottage Avenue, Kankakee, agents discovered that Young was carrying a loaded .357 revolver. Young was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  In addition Young, who is currently on parole for a previous weapons offense, had his parole status revoked.

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, at approximately 9:15 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a  search warrant at 533 West Station Street, Kankakee, IL. During a search of the home, agents located Alprazolam, ecstasy, 27.1 grams of cannabis, a digital scale and currency.  The resident, Grey S. Seiber, age 26,  was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (10-30 grams) and with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church.  Grey was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs  Detention Center.

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at approximately 6:29 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents arrested Tron  J. Claypool, age 32, of 244 North Wildwood Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  Claypool was arrested during a drug investigation after he delivered 10.4 grams of heroin in the 1560 East Court Street, Kankakee, IL.  Claypool was charged with four counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church and with unlawful possession of cannabis.  Claypool was transported to and held at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Thursday, September 4, 2014 at approximately 8:08 p.m., KAMEG agents, with the assistance of the Rantoul Police Department, executed a search warrant at 1130 N. Century Blvd., Rantoul, IL.   During a search, agents located approximately 891.7 grams of cannabis, drug packaging materials, currency and drug paraphernalia.   Brian P. Macdonald, age 30,  of 2054 County Road 3000 North, Rantoul, IL was arrested for manufacture/delivery of cannabis (500-2000 grams) and for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Macdonald  was transported to and detained at the Champaign County Correctional Center.   

 

On Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at approximately 8:10 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents executed a search warrant at 436 West Hickory Street, Kankakee, IL.  During a search, officers located 93.9 grams of cannabis, currency, drug packaging materials, a digital scale and  drug paraphernalia.  Resident, Larry D. Smith, age 29,  was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams).  Smith  was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.   

 

On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at approximately 5:10 p.m., KAMEG agents were in the 1300 block of East Chestnut Street, Kankakee, IL in reference to a report of a subject with a handgun.  As a result of the investigation, James Williams Jr., age 19, of 1896 Greenview Avenue, Kankakee, IL was arrested for armed violence, unlawful possession of a controlled substance within intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school, unlawful use of a weapon, no valid FOID and for unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams).  He was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he faced an additional charge of brining contraband into a penal institution.

On Thursday, August 28, 2014 at approximately  6:34 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Darrin K. Spears, age 25, and Monica D. Thompkins, age 28, of 1295 East Merchant Street, Kankakee, IL  for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school.   During the multi week investigation, Spears and Thompkins delivered heroin in the 1200 block of East Merchant Street.  Spears and Thompkins were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  Spears, who was on parole for a previous conviction, is also  being held on an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant.

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at approximately 9:51 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Barry L. Williams, age 29, of 354 N. Rosewood Avenue, Kankakee, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of an assisted living center.  During the investigation, Williams delivered crack cocaine in the 1900 block of E. Court St., Kankakee, IL.  Williams, a Federal Parolee,  was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at approximately 8:51 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Danya K. Link, age 35, of 14288 E. 2170 South Road, Pembroke, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church.  During the investigation, Link delivered cocaine in the 1000 block of N. Kennedy Drive, Kankakee, IL.  Link was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at approximately 6:40 p.m., KAMEG agents were involved in a drug Investigation in the 100 block of West Unity Street in Claytonville, Illinois (Iroquois County) Agents located forty four cannabis plants growing in the yard of 108 West Unity Street. Additionally, agents located drug paraphernalia, cannabis seeds, 3.5 grams of cannabis, ammunition and a 12 gauge shotgun at the residence.  The resident, Samuel Vires III, age 47, was arrested and charged with production of cannabis plants, possession of cannabis (2.5-10
grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Vires was transported to and detained at the Iroquois County Jail.
 

On Sunday, August 10, 2014 at approximately 11:38 p.m., KAMEG agents were conducting an investigation in the 400 block of South Osborn Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  Agents approached Deambrece L. Hobbs, age 24, who fled on foot and attempted to discard a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.  Agents arrested Hobbs in the 500 block of South Osborn Avenue and charged him with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by felon and no valid FOID.  Hobbs, a current Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Parolee, was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  Hobbs was on parole for a previous weapon conviction.  Hobbs’ parolee status was revoked and he remains detained for the most recent offense and no bond for the IDOC parole violation warrant.

On Monday, July 21, 2014 at approximately 4:45 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested James L. Crane, age 60, of 1599 East 2700 North Road, Clifton, IL on an outstanding Ford County warrant for manufacture/delivery of cannabis- more than 5000 grams.  The arrest took place in rural Clifton, IL.  The arrest was the result of a nine month investigation of an outdoor cannabis growing operation in Ford  County, IL.  During the investigation, KAMEG agents seized approximately 700 pounds of cannabis.  Crane was transported to the Ford County Jail.  His initial bond was set at $200,000.00. 

On Friday, June 13, 2014 at approximately 12:20 a.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 635 Eastview Drive, Kankakee, IL.  During the investigation, agents seized cannabis, cocaine, currency, a digital scale and drug packaging materials.  Agents arrested resident, Timothy T. Smith, age 36, for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (10-30 grams) and for an outstanding Effingham County warrant.  Smith was transported to and housed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014   at approximately 11:05 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Donald R. Jones, age 51, of 315 South Greenwood Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school and for possession of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school.  During the investigation, Jones delivered cocaine in the 500 block of South Wildwood Avenue, Kankakee, IL.    Jones was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Monday, May 26, 2014 at approximately 6:09 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Otha L. Woods, age 38, of 11102 South Bell, Chicago, IL for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church and for driving while revoked. During a drug investigation in the 200 block of West Court Street in Kankakee, Woods  delivered  1.3 grams of crack cocaine.   Woods was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Saturday,  May  24, 2014 at approximately 8:53 p.m.,  KAMEG agents stopped a vehicle in the 400 block of South Lincoln Avenue, Kankakee for a signal violation.  During the stop, KAMEG agents located approximately 29.6 grams of cannabis inside the vehicle.  The driver, Erik Olivares, age 23, of 1189 N. 545 East Road, Thawville, IL  was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30- 500 grams).  Olivares  was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at approximately 11:26 p.m.,   KAMEG agents stopped a vehicle in the 600 block of N. Harrison Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  During the stop, agents located a .30 caliber M1 carbine rifle, ammunition and cannabis in the vehicle.  The passenger, Phillip L. Johnson, age 27, of 617 Jefferson Street, Warsaw, WI was arrested on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant.  The driver, Larry G. Wells III, age 22, of 12890 E. Sneed court, Pembroke Township, IL was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams), unlawful use of weapon by a felon and for no FOID.  Both subjects were transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Thursday, May 8, 2014 at approximately 12:45 a.m.,  KAMEG agents were conducting an investigation in the 1000 block of East Bourbonnais Street, Kankakee, IL.  During the investigation, agents approached an occupied vehicle and detected the odor of burnt cannabis.  During a search of the vehicle, agents located a semi-automatic handgun, ammunition, a digital scale, currency, cannabis and drug packaging materials.  The driver, Damaris M. Rosenthal, age 21, of 411 South Lincoln Avenue, Kankakee, IL was arrested for armed violence, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, no FOID and for unlawful possession of cannabis (10-30 grams).  Rosenthal was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at approximately 6:32 p.m.,  KAMEG agents executed a  search warrant at 140 Meadows Road North, Apartment #1, Bourbonnais, IL. During a search of the apartment, agents located 21.3 grams of cannabis, approximately 7.6 grams of liquid LSD, drug packaging materials, two digital scales, currency, drug paraphernalia and firearm ammunition.  Resident, Javier D. Gomez, age 26, was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (10-30 grams), unlawful possession of a controlled substance, no FOID and for possession of drug paraphernalia.   Gomez was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Saturday,  April 26, 2014, representatives from KAMEG, Bradley Police Department, Bourbonnais Police Department and the Kankakee Police Department manned area locations for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  KAMEG Director Aaron Harsy reported that 977 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were removed from circulation in the Kankakee County area.  According to Director Harsy  “ Our local newspapers and radio stations played an important part in the program’s success.  Without their assistance, many residents would be unaware of the event”.   

 

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at approximately 8:18 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 367 South Fifth Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  During a search of the residence, agents located approximately 35.3 grams of cocaine, currency, drug cutting agents, a digital scale and drug packaging materials.  Resident, Jorge Luis Molina, age 25, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a park.  A second resident, Santiago Molina, age 27, was arrested on four outstanding warrants.  Both were transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at approximately 10:58 p.m.,  KAMEG agents executed  a search warrant at 638 South Gordon Avenue, Kankakee, IL. During a search of the home, agents located approximately 13.4 grams of cannabis, 79 ecstasy pills, 2.8 grams of crushed ecstasy powder, drug packaging materials and a digital scale.  The resident, Yachia A. Austin, age 30, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school and with unlawful possession of cannabis.   Austin was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

Public Service Announcement 

KANKAKEE AREA METROPOLITAN ENFORCEMENT GROUP (KAMEG), BOURBONNAIS POLICE DEPARTMENT, KANKAKEE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND  BRADLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE  TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. Route 50, Bourbonnais, IL  near the east midcourt entrance between Carson’s for Men and Movies 10.  Bourbonnias Police Department, 700 Main NW, Bourbonnais, IL.  Kankakee Police Department, 385 East Oak Street, Kankakee, IL

On Saturday,  April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Kankakee Police Department, Bradley Police Department, Bourbonnais Police Department  and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Northfield Square Mall at 1600 N. Route 50, Bourbonnais, IL.   The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  Officers from KAMEG, Bourbonnais Police Department, Kankakee Police Department and the Bradley Police Department will be stationed to accept medications.  According to Director Aaron Harsy “the event continues to receive tremendous public support.  In October of 2013, officers collected over five hundred pounds of unwanted medications.  Proper disposal protects our citizens and the environment”.  Similar to past events, the drop off location at the mall will be set up like a drive thru to allow quick public access to the service.

Director Harsy added that several local departments continue to maintain permanent drug drop boxes.  Residents are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agencies to determine exact locations and hours of availability.

The DEA reports that the response to the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative has been overwhelmingly positive.  More than 3.4 million pounds (1,733 tons of medication) have been removed from circulation since the inception of the program.  This initiative continues to address a public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

On Saturday, April 19, 2014 at approximately 9:13 p.m.,  KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 161 West Chestnut Street, Kankakee, IL.  During a search of the residence agents located approximately 162.5 grams of cannabis, 627.6 grams of cannabis butter and drug paraphernalia.  Resident, Michael B. Summers, age 37, was arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams).  He was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Monday, March 31, 2014 at approximately 9:30 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 548 East Juniper Lane, Bradley, IL.  During a search of the residence, agents seized approximately 90.1 grams of cannabis, approximately 52 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, a digital scale and currency.  Resident, Dane C. Savoie, age 28, was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams) and for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Savoie,   was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Monday, March 24, 2014 at approximately 8:17 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents executed a search warrant at 524 North Eagle Island Road, Kankakee, IL.  During a search of the residence, officers located 13.9 grams of cocaine, prescription drugs,  drug packaging materials, drug paraphernalia, a digital scale, a 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and  currency.  Resident, Michael R. Dolega, age 31, was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, no FOID and for possession of a firearm by a gang member.   Dolega was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.   

 

 

On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at approximately 8:31 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 556 South Forth Avenue, Kankakee,IL. During the investigation, agents seized drug paraphernalia, drug packaging materials, currency, a digital scale, prescription pills and approximately 34.5 grams of cocaine. Resident, Gregorio Velasco-Rodriguez, age31, was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a park/church. Resident, Gregorio Jimenez-Alejo, age 42, was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a park. Both subjects were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

 

On Thursday, March 20, 2014 at approximately 6:06 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Coleman H. Davis Jr., age 35, of 384 South Oakdale Avenue, Kankakee, IL for delivery of a look alike substance within 1000 feet of a church. During an investigation in the 200 block of West Court Street in Kankakee, Davis delivered a bag of a substance purported to be crack cocaine. Davis was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.On Thursday, March 20, 2014, at approximately 9:21 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Terrence Tramell Bush, age 37, of 605 South Evergreen Avenue, Kankakee, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church and for child endangerment. During an investigation in the 1200 block of N. Kennedy Drive in Kankakee, Bush delivered three plastic bags of a substance purported to be heroin. Bush was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Friday, March 14, 2014  at approximately 10:28  p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 1179 South Fourth Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  During a search of the home, agents seized 46.7 grams of crack cocaine (packaged in 152 individual plastic bags), currency, drug packaging materials and a digital scale.   The resident, Cedric B. Johnson, age 32, was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church.  Johnson  was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Wednesday, March 12, 2013 at approximately 7:57 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents executed a search warrant at 311 West John Casey Road, Bourbonnais, IL.  As a result of the investigation,  agents seized approximately 8.9 grams of crack cocaine packaged in (19) individual clear plastic bags, drug paraphernalia, drug packaging materials, currency, a digital scale, a Cobra .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a Hi- Point 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and ammunition.  Resident, Tywhan K. Wells, age 28, was arrested for four counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and for bringing contraband into a penal institution.  Wells was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where his initial bond was set at $200,000.00. 

On Friday, March 7, 2014 at approximately 8:52 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents arrested Dajuan A. Taylor, age 21, of 215 South Sibley, Avenue, Kankakee, IL for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver- within 1000 feet of a church and for being wanted on an outstanding Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant.  Taylor was arrested in the 300 block of North Rosewood Avenue, Kankakee during a drug investigation.  During the incident, agents seized a clear plastic bag containing thirteen smaller bags of crack cocaine.  The cocaine weighed approximately 3.9 grams.  Taylor was transported to the Jerome combs Detention Center.

On Sunday, March 2, 2014 at approximately 7:23 p.m., while in the 1100 block of IL Route 102,  Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents arrested Mario R. Macias, age 30, of 417  N. Thames Court, Bourbonnais, IL.  Macias was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver- more than 15 grams.  The arrest was made in conjunction with an ongoing drug investigation.  During the investigation, Macias was found to be in possession of 28 grams of cocaine.  Macias was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

 

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, at approximately 8:28 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a search warrant at 208 East Washington Street, Momence, IL. During the investigation, agents seized approximately 105.4 grams of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, drug packaging materials and a digital scale. Resident, Curtis J. Toms, age 25, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500grams) and with possession of drug paraphernalia.  Toms was housed at the  Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Saturday, February 21, 2014 at approximately 9:51 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Pablo M. Bizueto-Gonzalez, age 23, of 1355 N. Arthur Burch Drive, Lot F9, Bourbonnais, Illinois for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church.  During the investigation, Bizueto-Gonzalez delivered cocaine in the 400 block of South Washington Street, Kankakee, IL.  Bizueto-Gonzalez was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at approximately 8:34 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 124 East Washington Street (apartment 2F), Momence, IL. During a search of the residence, agents seized approximately 7.9 grams of cannabis, approximately .5 grams of cocaine, (29) individual plastic bags containing approximately 5.7 grams of heroin, drug packaging materials, drug paraphernalia, currency and two digital scales.  Resident, Jamar L. Jarrett, age 27, was arrested for two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church and for unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams).  Jarrett  was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, at approximately 4:17 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents and Kankakee County Major Crimes Task Force detectives executed a search warrant at 15609 East 2500 South Road, Pembroke, IL.  During the investigation, officers located a stolen semi-automatic handgun, ammunition, drug packaging materials, cannabis, and  a digital scale inside a recreational vehicle that was located on the property.  Resident, Alomondos T. Hawkins, age 31,  was arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (10-30 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, no FOID and for possession of a stolen firearm.   Hawkins was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.   

 

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at approximately 10:26 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 330 N. Washington Avenue, Kankakee, IL. During the investigation, agents seized approximately 6.4 grams of cannabis, 1.4 grams of cocaine, currency, drug packaging materials, drug paraphernalia and a digital scale.   The resident, Eric E. Hammond, age 34, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting/ obstructing a peace officer and with unlawful possession of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church.  Hammond was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held without bond for violating his Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Parole for a previous drug offense.

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at approximately 6:35 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 2820 Divine Street, Kankakee, IL. During the investigation, agents seized approximately 438.9 grams of cannabis, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, drug packaging materials, a digital scale, currency and two handguns.   The resident, Tommie L. Sherman, age 24, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams) and with unlawful use of a weapon (ammunition).  Sherman was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at approximately 6:58 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of N. Chicago Avenue and E. Chestnut Street in Kankakee, IL for an equipment violation.  Agents located approximately 412 grams of cannabis, drug packaging materials, a digital scale and currency inside the vehicle.  The driver, Demarreus F. Speed, age 25, of 1236 S. 4th Avenue Apartment #1, Kankakee, IL was issued a citation for the equipment violation and was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams) and for possession of drug paraphernalia.  The passenger, Antonio M. Gunn, age 33, of 1180 E. Court Street Apartment 2C, Kankakee, IL was arrested on an outstanding Cook County probation violation warrant.  Speed and Gunn were transported to and housed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Sunday, December 22, 2013, at approximately 1:21 a.m., KAMEG agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 100 block of North Dearborn Avenue, Kankakee, IL for an equipment violation.  Agents located eighteen Alprazolam pills, a glass narcotic smoking pipe and approximately 9.9 grams of cannabis inside the vehicle.  The driver, Alexander J. D. Osborne, age 18, of 1st University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL was issued a written warning for the equipment violation and was  arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Osborne was transported to and housed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Sunday, December 15, 2013 at approximately 8:42 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 100 block of N. Fairmont Avenue, Kankakee, IL for failure to signal when required.  The driver, Dearrion J. Harris, age 25, of 147 South Prairie Avenue, Bradley, IL  was found to be in possession of cannabis.  Harris was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (10-30 grams).  Harris  was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Thursday, December 12, 2013 at approximately 6:13 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a search warrant at 129 Old Farm Mid court, Bradley, IL. During the investigation, agents seized approximately 1174.3 grams of cannabis, four cannabis plants,  grow materials, 7.6 grams of cocaine, drug packaging materials, a digital scale, currency and drug paraphernalia. Resident, Robert J. Friend, age 44, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (500-2000 grams), unlawful production of cannabis sativa plants and unlawful possession of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church.  Friend was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, at approximately 6:20 a.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 4347 South 15500 East Road, Pembroke, IL. During the investigation, agents seized approximately 47 grams of heroin, drug packaging material, currency and a loaded .357 magnum revolver.   Some of the heroin had been individually packaged for sale (108 individual packages).  Resident, Ralph Ledet, age 43, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance and  possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.   Resident, Terrance D. Sanders, age 20, was arrested for two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful use of a weapon , wanted on warrant and for having no FOID.   Ledet and Sanders were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Saturday, November 23, 2013 at approximately 8:41 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 900 block of East Chestnut Street for an equipment violation.   The driver, Markiece D. Smith, age 22, of 1252 N. Schuyler Avenue, Kankakee, IL fled from the vehicle until being stopped in the 100 block of N. Evergreen Avenue.  As he fled, Smith attempted to discard 48 plastic bags, which contained approximately 39.7 grams of cannabis, and a digital scale. Smith was placed under arrest for driving while suspended, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams), obstructing/resisting a police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Smith was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was detained pending an initial court appearance. 

On Thursday, November 14, 2013 at approximately 7:50 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 303 N. Mill Street, Aroma Park, IL. During a search of the residence, agents seized approximately 59.7 grams of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, currency and a digital scale.   The resident, Jorge Naranjo, age 20, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams).  Naranjo was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at approximately 10:03 p.m.,  KAMEG agents conducted  a search warrant at 379 West River Street, Kankakee, IL. During the investigation, agents seized approximately 476.7 grams of cannabis, a vehicle, drug packaging materials, a digital scale, a semi-automatic handgun, ammunition,  and currency.  Resident, Anthony L. Bender, age 32, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams), unlawful use of a weapon by felon and no FOID.  Bender was transported to and detained at the  Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at approximately 5:34 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 392 South Fifth Avenue, Kankakee,IL. During the investigation, agents seized eight clear plastic bags containing approximately 42.1 grams of cannabis, currency, drug packaging material and a digital scale. The resident, Cornelious G. Riley-Fortney, age 27, was arrested and charged withunlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams).
Riley-Fortney was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at approximately 10:06 p.m.,  KAMEG agents, with the assistance of the St. Anne Police Department,  executed a search warrant at 205 W. Guertin Street, St. Anne, IL. During the investigation, agents seized approximately 156.5 grams of cannabis, drug packaging materials, currency, a digital scale, ammunition and a .22 caliber revolver.  The resident, Adan Zarate III, age 38, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams) and with no valid FOID.  Zarate was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at approximately 8:39 p.m., while at the intersection of Water Street and McMullen Drive,  Kankakee, IL,  KAMEG agents arrested Charles J. Hodges Sr., age 70, of 749 N. Hammes Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  Hodges was arrested after he delivered crack cocaine. Hodges was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, unlawful possession of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church and with obstructing justice.  Hodges was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  His initial bond was set at $150,000.00.

 

On Monday, October 7, 2013 at approximately 8:00 p.m., while in the 400 block of East Bourbonnais Street, Kankakee, IL,  KAMEG agents arrested Daryl L. McClure, age 31, of 9211 South Clyde Avenue, Chicago, IL.  McClure was arrested after he delivered 1.7 grams of crack cocaine.  McClure was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, obstructing/resisting a peace officer and wanted on warrant.  McClure was transported to and housed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Sunday, September 15, 2013, at approximately 12:03 a.m., KAMEG agents conducted a search warrant at 1763 Sunnyside Avenue, Kankakee,  IL. As a result of the investigation, agents  seized forty clear plastic bags containing approximately 62.3 grams of crack cocaine, drug packaging materials, a digital scale, a semi-automatic handgun and  ammunition.  Resident, Darren Brewer, age 48, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and with no valid FOID.  Brewer was transported to and  detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, at approximately 7:25 p.m., KAMEG agents assisted the Kankakee Police Department with a drug investigation in the 1700 block of East Court Street.    Alfred C. Thomas Jr., age 31, of 66 Centerview, Kankakee, IL was arrested after he was found to be in possession of 443.5 grams of cannabis and drug packaging materials.  Thomas was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams).  He was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at approximately 6:49 p.m. ,  KAMEG agents were involved in an investigation in the 200 blk of N. Greenwood Avenue , Kankakee, IL when they approached Terrell Love, age 22, of 955 East Chestnut Street, Kankakee, IL.   Love fled on foot before being apprehended in the 300 block of N. Greenwood Avenue.  As Love fled, he threw a handgun striking a passing vehicle.  Love, a convicted felon, was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, no valid FOID, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, resisting/obstructing a peace officer and with obstructing justice.  Love was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held on an  Illinois Department of Corrections parole warrant. 

On Friday, September 6,  2013 at approximately 9:35 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 618 Hemlock Lane, Bradley, IL. During the investigation, agents seized approximately 815.3 grams of cannabis, a digital scale, drug packaging materials and loaded semi-automatic handgun.   The resident, Dwayne E. Stinson, age 42, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (500-2000 grams), unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, no valid FOID and with armed violence.  Stinson  was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Friday, August 23, 2013 at approximately 8:37 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted  a search warrant at 1192 South East Avenue, Kankakee, IL. During the execution of the search warrant, agents located 50.0 grams of crack cocaine, 4.5 grams of cannabis, a digital scale and drug packaging materials.  Resident, David L. Crisp Jr., age 35, was arrested.  Crisp was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was initially held.  On Thursday, September 5, 2013,  Crisp appeared before the Honorable Judge Bernthal at the federal courthouse  in Urbana, IL.  Crisp was charged with distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base crack.  Crisp was remanded into the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

 

On Saturday, August 31, 2013, at approximately 12:43 a.m., while  conducting a drug investigation in the 500 block of East Cypress Street, Kankakee, IL,  KAMEG agents arrested Craig Dorsey Jr.,  age 26, of  623 Double Jack Street, Bourbonnais, IL.  Dorsey was arrested after agents located 13 clear plastic bags containing 49.3 grams of cannabis and a digital scale in his vehicle.  The cannabis had an estimated street value of $986.00.    Dorsey was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams).  Dorsey was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.   

 

10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR BOURBONNAIS MAN

FOR DISTRIBUTION OF CRACK COCAINE IN KANKAKEE COUNTY

Urbana, Ill. – U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey today sentenced Damos S. Rosenthal, 39, of Bourbonnais, Ill., to a term of 121 months in federal prison for distribution of crack cocaine.

On Apr. 8, 2013, Rosenthal pleaded guilty to distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine in Kankakee on various occasions in October 2012. Rosenthal was arrested on Jan. 17, 2013, and has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest.

A factor in Rosenthal’s sentence, who faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, was two prior convictions for manufacture/delivery of cocaine: in 2002, Rosenthal was convicted in Kankakee County Circuit Court and sentenced to probation; in 2003, Rosenthal was again convicted for manufacture/delivery of cocaine, and was sentenced to serve five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG), with assistance from the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronda H. Coleman.

On Sunday, August 18, 2013 at approximately 6:31 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 372 South Dearborn Avenue, Bradley, IL. During the investigation, agents seized approximately 2.6 grams of cocaine, 83 prescription pills, drug packaging materials and a digital scale.  The resident, Mario Aguilera,  age 21, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  Aguilera was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Thursday, August 8, 2013 at approximately 7:16 p.m., KAMEG agents were conducting an investigation in the 400 block of  North 5th Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  During the investigation, Coty J. Cramer, age 18, of 184 North 8th Avenue, Kankakee was found to be in possession of a .22 caliber handgun.  Cramer was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a gang member and for having no valid FOID.  Cramer  was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Saturday, August 10, 2013 at approximately 7:34 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Geoffrey F. Ewan, age 34, of 201 East 25th Street, Chicago Heights, IL for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church and for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church.  Ewan  was arrested in the 400 block of North Locust Street, Manteno, IL after he delivered  28 grams of cocaine.   Ewan was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at approximately 8:26 p.m., KAMEG agents were conducting an investigation in the 700 block of South Gordan Avenue, Kankakee, IL when they approached Jamico L. Franklin, age 17,   of 765 South Gordan Avenue. Franklin attempted to discard a semi automatic handgun as he fled from agents.  Franklin was taken into custody and was arrested  for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm by a gang member, no FOID card, obstructing justice and for resisting/obstructing police.  Franklin was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center         

 

On Thursday, August 1, 2013, at approximately 10:54 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents executed a search warrant at 346 West Hickory Street, Kankakee, IL.  As a result of the search warrant, agents seized  (8) clear plastic bags containing cannabis and additional loose cannabis.  The total weight of cannabis was approximately 86.9 grams.  Agents also located a clear plastic bag containing 1.1 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, drug packaging material and a digital scale.  Resident, Christopher S. Amador, age 31, was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church and with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams).   Amador was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held with no bond and an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation.

 

On Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at approximately 7:23 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 13 Northwest Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL. During the investigation, agents seized approximately 450 grams of cannabis, a shotgun, a semi automatic handgun, ammunition, a digital scale, drug paraphernalia, drug packaging materials and twenty clear plastic baggies containing approximately 24.4 grams of cocaine.   The resident, Chad E. Shepherd, age 34, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams) and with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a park.  Shepherd  was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Monday June 8, 2013 at approximately 6:02 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Gaylord J. Gathing, age 59, of 2200 East Court Street Apartment 803, Kankakee, IL for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church.  Gathing was arrested in the 400 block of North Dearborn Avenue, Kankakee, IL after he delivered .4 grams of heroin.  Gathing was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at approximately 8:32 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Barry L. Brown, age 38, of 555 South Wildwood Avenue, Kankakee, IL for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church.  Brown was arrested near North Street and N. Euclid Avenue in Bradley, IL after he delivered approximately 1.3 grams of cocaine.  Brown was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at approximately 5:56 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Allen W. Piel Jr., age 42, of 7468 East Parr Street, Sun River Terrace, IL.  During a drug investigation in the 400 block of N. 5th Avenue, Kankakee, IL, Piel delivered (50)  Vicodin pills.  At the time of his arrest Piel possessed two additional pills.  Piel was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was held for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park and for  unlawful possession of a controlled substance. 

On Monday, June 24, 2013 at approximately 7:09 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Kvaris T. Murry, age 24, of 163 N. Rosewood Avenue, apartment D2, Kankakee, IL for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park, unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams) and for resisting arrest.  Murry was arrested in the 1200 block of East Locust Street after he delivered five baggies containing 1.4 grams of cocaine.    At the time of his arrest, Murry was in possession of two clear plastic baggies containing 1.7 grams of cannabis.  Murry was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.    In addition, Murry, an Illinois Department of Corrections parolee was being held on a parole violation warrant.

During the course of a multi week investigation, KAMEG agents identified several individuals involved in illegal drug sales in the Bradley area.  The Bradley and Bourbonnais Police Departments assisted with the investigation.

On Monday, June 10, 2013, at approximately 8:09 p.m., Reico J. Ewing, age 32, of 1282 East Chestnut Street, Kankakee, IL and Dearrion J. Harris, age 24, of 147 S. Prarie Avenue, Bradley, IL were arrested near the intersection of East Broadway  and North Euclid Avenue in Bradley.  Both were arrested for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church and for unlawful possession of  a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church.  During the investigation, KAMEG agents seized thirty bags of heroin with an approximate weight of 4.3 grams and  approximately 4.0 grams of cannabis.  Ewing and Harris were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  Harris had a previous drug conviction.  His parole status was revoked and he will remain in custody as determined by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at approximately 4:24 p.m., Tyraze M. Turner, age 37, of 208 South Sibley Avenue, Kankakee, IL was arrested near the intersection of North Euclid Avenue and East Broadway  in Bradley.  Turner was arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park and for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a park.  During an investigation, Turner delivered six bags containing approximately .8 grams of heroin.  At the time of his arrest, Agents located an additional five plastic bags containing approximately 2.0 grams of cocaine.  Turner was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Monday, June 3, 2013, at approximately 11:06 p.m., KAMEG agents were involved in a drug investigation near the intersection of Webster Circle East and Francine Drive in Kankakee.  During the investigation, KAMEG agents arrested Terry D.P. Smith, age 25, of 545 N.Saint Joseph Avenue, Kankakee, IL for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, no valid FOID and for unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams).  As a result of the arrest, Smith was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Friday, May 31, 2013, at approximately 11:04 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted  a search warrant at 1338 East Chestnut Street, Apartment #1, Kankakee, IL. During a search of the apartment, agents seized approximately 71.3  grams of cannabis, two digital scales, drug packaging material, drug paraphernalia and currency. Agents arrested resident, Lakesha M. Taylor, age 38, and charged her with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams).    Taylor was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Monday, May 27, 2013 at approximately 8:08 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a search warrant at 408 South 5th Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  During a search of the home, agents seized approximately 20.3 grams of cannabis, currency, a digital scale, drug paraphernalia and drug packaging material.  Anthony S. Jones, age 25, of 806 South Spencer Street, Aurora, IL was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (10-30 grams).  Jones was transported to the Jerome combs Detention Center.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at approximately 12:40 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted  a search warrant at 462 South Chicago Avenue, Apartment #5, Kankakee, IL. During the investigation, agents located approximately 5779 grams of cannabis, currency and drug packaging materials.  Resident, Leroyal E. Robinson, age 39, was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (over 5000 grams).   Robinson was transported to and  detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center were he is being held on an initial bond of $75,000.00.

On Saturday, May 11, 2013 at approximately 11:55 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 575 East Oak Street, Apartment #6, Kankakee,  IL. During the investigation, agents recovered eight clear plastic bags of cocaine and a hydrocodone pill from resident, Mashawri M. Boyd, age 38.  The cocaine weighed approximately 1.9 grams.   During a search of the residence, agents   located a semi automatic .25 caliber handgun.  Boyd  was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church.  Boyd  was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Friday, May 3, 2013 at approximately 5:46 a.m., KAMEG agents observed a vehicle traveling 75 mph in a 55 mph speed zone on 5000 East road and 3000 North road in Kankakee County.  A traffic stop was effected on the vehicle at 5047 East 3000 North road.  The driver was identified as Anthony J. Sparacio, age 24, of 820 West South Street, Bradley, IL.  During the stop, agents located seventeen clear plastic bags containing approximately 109.8 grams of cannabis and nine prescription pills inside the Sparacio’s vehicle.  An additional clear plastic bag containing approximately 28.2 grams of cannabis was located at Sparacio’s residence.  Sparacio was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams) and with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.  He was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Thursday, May 2, 2013, at approximately 5:24 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Terrance L. Johnson, age 29, of 443 South Indiana Avenue apartment 2W, Kankakee, IL  for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a park.  During a drug investigation in the 1200 block of East Oak Street, Johnson was found to be in possession of four clear plastic bags containing approximately 1.4 grams of cocaine.  Johnson was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was additionally charged with delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school.  That charge was the result of a separate investigation involving Johnson. In addition to the above charges, Johnson’s, who is currently on parole for a previous drug offense, parole status was revoked.

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at approximately 10:11 p.m.. KAMEG agents approached a group of subjects who were standing in the roadway, impeding traffic, in the 500 block of North Cottage Avenue, Kankakee, IL.   As agents approached the group, Pierre P. Washington, age 19, of 192 North Cottage Avenue, Kankakee, IL  ran from officers.   Agents recognized Washington and knew that he was wanted on an  Illinois Department of Corrections warrant.  After a short foot chase, Washington was apprehended and placed under arrest for the outstanding warrant.  He was also charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (10-30 grams) and with resisting /obstructing a peace officer.  Washington was transported to and housed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at approximately 11:06 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted  a search warrant at 462 South Chicago Avenue, apartment #1, Kankakee,  IL. During the investigation, agents seized sixteen clear plastic bags containing approximately  4.5 grams of crack cocaine, one clear plastic bag containing .5 grams of heroin, two digital scales, drug packaging material and currency.   Agents arrested  resident, Lamere V. Lillard, age 30, and charged him with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and with unlawful possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church.  Lillard was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Saturday, April 20, 2013, at approximately 10:28 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a search warrant at 404 N. Adams Street, Kankakee,  IL.   During the investigation, agents seized cannabis, (15) clear plastic bags containing  approximately 5.1 grams of powder cocaine,  a digital scale, drug paraphernalia and drug packaging materials.  Resident,  DAndrae D. Washington, age 28, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5- 10 grams) and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a park.  Washington was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Thursday, April 18, 2013 at approximately 8:25 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 1043 East Maple Street, Kankakee, IL. During a search of the residence, agents seized twenty nine clear plastic bags containing approximately 22.6 grams of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, currency, a digital scale, a handgun, handgun ammunition and drug packaging materials.  Resident, Hamin Y. Lillard, age 29, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (10-30 grams).  Lillard was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Sunday, April 14, 2013, at approximately 1:31 a.m., KAMEG agents assisted Kankakee City Police officers who were responding to a report of “shots fired” in the 300 block of South Osborn Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  During the investigation, KAMEG agents approached two vehicles in the 1200 block of East Maple Street.  Patrick D. Pendleton, age 29, of 197 N. Cottage Avenue, Kankakee, IL was seated in the driver’s seat of one of the vehicles.  As KAMEG agents approached Pendleton’s vehicle they observed a loaded handgun near the center console.   Pendleton was arrested and charged with possession of a defaced firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member.  Pendleton was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center were he was held on an initial bond of  $25,000.00.

On Thursday, April 4, 2013 at approximately 11:00 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 919 South Lincoln Avenue, Kankakee,  IL. During the investigation, agents seized approximately four and a half pounds of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, currency, drug packaging material and two digital scales.  The resident, Dwight Oliver, age 45, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (2000-5000 grams).  Oliver was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at approximately 10:49 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted  a search warrant at 316 West South Street, Bradley,  IL.   During the investigation, agents seized three clear bags of cannabis and a digital scale.  Resident, Edward L. Williams, age 36, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams).  Williams was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Monday, April 1, 2013, at approximately 8:19 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents executed a search warrant at 485 South Rosewood Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  As a result of the search warrant, agents seized  sixteen clear plastic bags containing approximately 2.8 grams of heroin, five clear plastic bags containing approximately 1.1 grams of crack cocaine, two clear plastic bags and a plastic container containing approximately 10.8 grams of cannabis, two digital scales, currency, drug packaging materials, three semi-automatic handguns and  handgun ammunition. The drugs had an estimated street value of $760.00.

Agents arrested  resident, Devonta C. Holbrook, age 22, for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school and with unlawful use of a weapon.  Dewitt L. Holbrook, age 24, of 1356 South Third Avenue, Kankakee, IL was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and armed violence.  Wenstan Jamal Penermon, age 28, of 189 West Chestnut Street was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school and with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.  Marco J. Ewing, age 29, of 1282 East Chestnut Street, Kankakee, Il was arrested and charged with Unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and with armed violence.  Ladarrell L. Riley, age 22, of 865 West Harbour Street, Kankakee, IL was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school, unlawful use of a weapon and armed violence.  Ricky T. Jones, age 21, of 212 Crestlane Apartment #307, Kankakee, IL was arrested on an outstanding Kankakee County criminal damage to property warrant. He was also charged  with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school, unlawful use of a weapon and armed violence. All subjects were transported to and housed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Tuesday, March 19,atapproximately 7:42 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 100 block of North Entrance Avenue, Kankakee, IL for improper lane usage.  The driver, Eddie L. Jones, age 33, of 6700 S. South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL was found to be in possession of 35 clear plastic baggies containing approximately 29.3 grams of cannabis. The street value of the cannabis is approximately $600.00.   He was arrested for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (10-30 grams) and was issued an Illinois traffic citation for improper lane usage.  Jones was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was detained pending an initial court appearance. 

On Sunday, March 17, 2013, at approximately 10:41 p.m., Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents executed a search warrant at 335 N. Industrial Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  As a result of the search warrant, agents seized approximately 117.6 grams of crack cocaine, 7.3 grams of powder cocaine,  two clear plastic bags containing approximately 7.6 grams of cannabis, a digital scale, currency and drug paraphernalia. The crack and powder cocaine had an estimated street value of $5770.00.  Resident, Michael C. Bender, age 27, was arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a park.  Bender was initially transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Bender appeared before the Honorable Judge Bernthal at the Federal Courthouse in Urbana, Illinois where he was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals. The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of Illinois provided assistance during this investigation.  

On Monday, March 11, 2013 at approximately 11:00 a.m., KAMEG agents arrested Marcus Hairston, age 42, of 379 South Osborn Avenue, Kankakee, IL  in the 300 block of South Osborn Avenue.    Hairston was arrested on a Kankakee County warrant for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance 15<100 grams/cocaine.  Hairston was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Monday, March 11, 2013 at approximately 3:31 p.m.,  KAMEG agents arrested Michael J. Piccini, age 27, of 366 ½ West River Street, Kankakee, IL.  Piccini was arrested at his residence on a Kankakee County warrant for unlawful delivery of cocaine.  Piccini was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at approximately 7:46 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Heather R. Cates, age 19, of 15 Birchwood Lane, St. Anne, IL.  Cates was arrested at her residence on a Kankakee County warrant for unlawful delivery of cocaine within 1000 feet of a church.  Cates was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at approximately 8:52 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Eric M. Coyne, age 29, of 148 ½ North Washington Avenue, Bradley, IL.  Coyne was arrested at his residence  on a Kankakee County warrant for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance 1<15 grams.  Coyne was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at approximately 10:35 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Raymond M. Spence, age 43, of 181 South Croswell, apartment #6, Bradley, IL.  Spence was arrested in the 1000 block of Riverlane Drive, Bradley, IL on a Kankakee County warrant for possession of a controlled substance (other amount schedule IV).    Spence was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at approximately 12:05 a.m., KAMEG agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 100 block of South Fourth Avenue, Kankakee, IL for failure to use a turn signal.  Agents located thirteen hydrocodone pills on the driver, Charles R. Blomlie , age 35, of 290 N. Stadium Drive, apartment #2, Bourbonnais, IL.  Blomlie was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and was issued a written warning for failure to signal.    Blomlie was transported to and housed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at approximately 10:04 p.m., KAMEG agents served a search warrant at 357 West Stone Street, Kankakee, IL.  While there, agents seized twenty five clear bags that contained approximately 18 grams of cocaine, one clear plastic bag containing approximately 1.9 grams of an unknown white powder substance, drug packaging material, a digital scale, firearm ammunition, one semi-automatic handgun and currency.  Agents arrested Jose Jaime Varela-Pizano, age 34, of that address.  Varela-Pizano was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a park and with having no FOID.  Varela-Pizano was transported to and housed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Monday, February 25, 2013, at approximately 11:24 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a search warrant at 2755 Cooper Drive, apartment #5, Kankakee, IL.   During a search of the home, agents seized eight clear plastic bags containing approximately .9 grams of crack cocaine, thirty one clear plastic bags containing approximately 48.1 grams of cannabis, a digital scale, currency and  two handguns.   Agents arrested resident, Anthony K. Jamerson, age 19, and charged him with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver 30-500 grams and no FOID.  GeJuan A. Davidson, age 19, of 1876 Fairway Court, Kankakee, IL was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church, possession of a defaced firearm, no FOID and armed violence.   Additionally, Davidson was wanted on a Kankakee County probation violation warrant.  Jamerson and Davidson were transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Sunday, February 24, 2013 at approximately 1:14 a.m.,  KAMEG agents stopped a vehicle after its tires were squealed at the intersection of West Court Street and Kennedy Drive in Kankakee, IL.   During the stop, KAMEG agents  located 10 clear plastic bags of cocaine inside the vehicle. The cocaine weighed approximately 9.8 grams and had an estimated street value of $1000.00.  The driver, Thomas R. Woodall, age 39, of 108 Ellis Riverview Court, Martinton, IL was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school.  Additionally, Woodall was issued a citation for illegal squealing/screeching of tires.  Woodall was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Saturday, February 16, 2013 at approximately 10:22 p.m., during a drug investigation, KAMEG agents approached a vehicle in the 700 block of North Fifth Avenue, Kankakee, IL.  An occupant of the vehicle, Gabriel A. Sheegog, age 23, of 1355 North Arthur Burch Drive Lot N2, Bourbonnais, IL, was found to be in possession of  1.5 grams of cannabis and a loaded handgun.  Sheegog was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and  no valid FOID-ineligible. Sheegog was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held on an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant.  KAMEG agents continued the investigation and located a second handgun and ammunition.

On Monday, February 11, 2013, at approximately 8:56 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Terrence D. McElroy, age 26, of 1525 West Station Street, apartment #1W, Kankakee, IL for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church. During a drug investigation in the 700 block of North Fifth Avenue in Kankakee, McElroy delivered  .6 grams of crack cocaine.   McElroy was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Monday, February 11, 2013, at approximately10:46 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Demetris B. Lee, age 22, of 9211 South Clyde, Chicago, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church.  During a drug investigation in the 700 block of North Fifth Avenue in Kankakee, Lee delivered 1.1 grams of crack cocaine.  Lee was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  In addition, Lee, an Illinois Department of Corrections parolee was being held on a parole violation warrant.

On Friday, February 8, 2013, at approximately 9:22 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 700 block of East River Street, Kankakee, IL for improper lane usage and defective equipment.  The driver, Andrew B. Henry, age 30, of 2298 West Hickory Street, Kankakee, IL was found to be in possession of 1.6 grams of cocaine.  He was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a church.  Henry was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was detained pending an initial court appearance. 

On Saturday, February 9, 2013, at approximately 9:53 p.m., while in the 200 block of South Evergreen Avenue, Kankakee, IL, Agents approached Willie L. Bender, age 29, of 241 S. Chicago Avenue, Apartment #2, Kankakee.  Agents were aware of an active parole violation  warrant for Bender.  Bender fled on foot until being apprehended in the 300 block of South Rosewood Avenue.  During the arrest, one KAMEG Agent was injured.  Bender was arrested for the outstanding warrant and for resisting/obstructing police.  Bender was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  The KAMEG agent visited a local hospital where he was treated and released. 

On Monday, February 4, 2013 at approximately 7:48 p.m., Austin J. Doris, age 17, of 271 N. Forest Avenue, Bradley, IL was arrested  by KAMEG Agents at the intersection of West Grove Street and N. Grand Avenue in Bradley  for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school.   During a drug investigation in the 200 block of N. Wabash Avenue, Doris delivered 1.1 grams of cocaine.  Doris was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Sunday, January 27, 2013, at approximately 4:49 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a search warrant at 190 N. Clinton Avenue, Bradley, IL.   During a search of the home, agents seized eleven clear plastic bags containing approximately 24.7 grams of cannabis, one digital scale, drug packaging material, currency and drug paraphernalia.  Agents arrested resident, Logan S. Trkulja, age 22, and charged him with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (10-30 grams) and with possession of drug paraphernalia.  Trkulja was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Sunday, January 27, 2013, at approximately 7:07 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Cleveland D. Ivy, age 37, of 473 S. Rosewood Avenue, Kankakee, IL for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, disobeying a stop sign and for driving while revoked.  During an investigation in the 1100 block of East Oak Street in Kankakee, Ivy delivered three plastic bags of a  substance purported to be heroin.  Ivy was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Monday, January 28, 2013 at approximately 5:10 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a search warrant at 1538  Northfield Meadows Blvd., Apartment #2, Bourbonnais, IL.  During a search of the residence, agents seized approximately 2171.4 grams of cannabis, drug packaging materials, a digital scale, drug paraphernalia and currency.  Agents arrested resident, Edward L. Williams, age 36, and charged him with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (2000-5000 grams) and with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.  Williams was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, at approximately 6:22 p.m., KAMEG agents conducted  a search warrant at 256 W. River Street, Bourbonnais,  IL. During a search of the home, agents located an active indoor cannabis grow.  Agents seized , (35) cannabis plants, approximately 302.5 grams of processed cannabis, growing equipment, drug paraphernalia, drug packaging material,  a digital scale and currency.    The plants and processed cannabis had an approximate street value of $90,000.00. The resident, Nicholas A. Whittington, age 32, was arrested and charged with production of cannabis plants (20<50) and unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (30-500 grams).   Whittington was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center were he is being held on an initial bond of $50,000.00.

During the course of a nine month investigation, KAMEG Agents identified several individuals involved in illegal drug sales in the local Kankakee, Bradley and Bourbonnais area. KAMEG works closely with its community partners, the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office and the United State’s Attorney’s Office in the Central District of Illinois to have an effect on illegal drug violations in our area.  The following individuals were arrested during a two day operation on January 16 and 17, 2013.

On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at approximately 6:09 p.m., Deshawn R. Lewis, age 34, of 291 Highpoint Circle North, Bourbonnais, IL was arrested in the 700 block of South Cobb Blvd., Kankakee, IL for delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park.   During a drug investigation, Lewis delivered  58.8 grams of crack cocaine.  Lewis was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center pending his appearance before a federal judge.

On 01/16/2013 at approximately 8:50 p.m., Stance D. Strong, age 42, of 1675 E. Cedar Street, Kankakee, IL was arrested in the 2200 block of Crestwood Street, Kankakee, IL.  Strong was arrested on a federal arrest warrant for distribution of 28 or more grams of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base“crack”.  Lewis was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center pending his appearance before a federal judge.

On 01/17/2013 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Damos S. Rosenthal, age 38, of 2 Stratford Drive East, Bourbonnais, IL was arrested at his residence on an outstanding federal arrest warrant for distribution of 28 or more grams  of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base “crack”.  Rosenthal was detained  at the Jerome Combs Detention Center pending his appearance before a federal judge. 

On 01/18/2013, Lewis, Strong and Rosenthal appeared before the Honorable Judge Bernthal at the Federal Courthouse in Urbana, IL.  They were all remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending a detention hearing.  The charges against each individual carry a sentence of twenty years to life in prison. 

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, at approximately 8:12p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 800 block of N. Kinzie Avenue,  Bradley, IL.  The driver, Varian D. Horton, age 40, of 1265 Winans Avenue #3, Bourbonnais, IL  was arrested for driving while suspended.    Agents seized approximately 11.4 grams of cocaine and approximately 4.6 grams of cannabis from Horton.  Horton was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center and was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams).   Agents later executed a search warrant at Horton’s residence. During a search of the residence, agents seized approximately 1.3 grams of powder cocaine, 1.5 grams of crack cocaine, 6.1 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia.  After the search of the residence, Horton was charged with two additional counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. 

On Friday, January 4, 2013, at approximately 10:31p.m., KAMEG agents conducted a search warrant at 13168 East 3000 South Road in Pembroke Township, IL.   During a search of the home, agents seized eighteen clear plastic bags containing approximately 27.3 grams of cannabis, two digital scales, and drug paraphernalia.  Agents arrested resident, Leandrea D. Linebarger, age 19, and charged him with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver 10-30 grams.  Linebarger was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Friday, January 11, 2013, at approximately 12:11 a.m., KAMEG agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of S. Center Avenue and West Congress Street in Bradley, IL.  The vehicle was stopped for improper lane usage.  Agents seized approximately 16.4 grams of cannabis and currency from the driver and vehicle. The driver, Harold F. Faulkner, age 56, of 7946 South Sugar Street, Chebanse, IL was charged with improper lane usage and unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (10-30 grams).  Faulkner was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

 

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, at approximately 9:26 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Shawn M. Johnson, age 28, of 512 N. Entrance Avenue, Apartment #2, Kankakee, Illinois.  Agents conducted a traffic stop on Johnson who was wanted in Kankakee County for Obstructing A Peace Officer and No Valid Driver’s License and by the ATF for Distribution of Crack Cocaine at the intersection of Deaborn Avenue and Locust Street.  During the investigation, agents seized 2.5 grams of suspected crack cocaine in the vehicle packaged in 6 plastic bags.  Johnson was arrested and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held with no bond.  He faces an additional charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a Church.

 

On Sunday, November 11, 2012, at approximately 9:00 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Eldra L. Norwood, age 28, of 21820 Peterson Ave., Apartment #2, Sauk Village, Illinois.  Norwood was arrested during a drug investigation after he delivered 1.3 grams of suspected powder cocaine at 29 S. Locust Street, Manteno, Illinois.  During the arrest, Norwood was found in possession of less than a gram of cannabis.  Norwood, an Illinois Department of Corrections parolee, had his parole status revoked and he faces a return to the IDOC to complete his sentence for two previous drug convictions.  Norwood was charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 Feet of a Church and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis.  He was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held with no bond. 

 

On Monday, November 12, 2012, at approximately 10:08 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Jerry Speed, Jr., age 27, of 755 N. 5th Avenue, Apartment #1, Kankakee, Illinois during a drug investigation.  Agents found Speed in possession of 48.6 grams of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $2,000 and a digital scale.  Speed was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a Church.  He was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center, pending an appearance before a judge.                

 

On Friday, October 26, 2012, at approximately 6:53 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Demetrius S. Wells, age 33, of 713 W. Harbor St., Kankakee, Illinois.  During a drug investigation in the 1200 Block of East Oak Street in Kankakee, Illinois Wells delivered approximately 1.8 grams of suspected crack cocaine.  Wells was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Park.  He is awaiting an appearance before a judge for a bond.

On Sunday, October 28, 2012, at approximately 7:02 p.m., KAMEG agents approached Jalon C. Banks, age 21, who was in the 200 block of North Cottage Avenue in Kankakee, Illinois.  While speaking with him agents discovered he was in possession of a firearm.  Banks resisted arrest and ran from agents and to his residence located at 424 N. Industrial Avenue in Kankakee.  A short time later agents subsequently arrested Banks at his residence and recovered a loaded .38 special firearm, an array of ammunition, and a cannabis cigar.  Banks was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Resisting Arrest, No Valid F.O.I.D., and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, less than 2.5 grams.  He is being held at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond assignment.

On Thursday, October 4, 2012, several KAMEG Agents received awards at the Annual Illinois MEG Directors’ and Task Force Commanders’ Association Awards Banquet.  This association represents 22 Metropolitan Enforcement Groups (MEG) and Task Forces throughout Illinois who focus on dangerous drug, gun, and street gang crimes.  According to Director Jamal A. Simington, who is the Association’s Chairman, “the banquet was attended by over 220 of the finest drug agents in Illinois.  These men and women make it their mission to solve illicit drug and street gang problems on a daily basis.  The awards presented to these officers and those who support their mission was a symbol of the courage, sacrifice, and warrior mindset every woman and man exhibits in an effort to make our communities a safer place.  As you know, the American dream can only be experienced in neighborhoods and town where safety is not threatened by the scourge of drug offenders who aim to prey on those these agents are sworn to protect.”  Officials, family members, law enforcement executives, and other attendees applauded the awardees for their outstanding performance and efforts in combating the violence associated with illicit drugs.  According to Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau,  “Narcotics officers are the men and women on the frontlines of the war against drugs who proudly represent these multi-jurisdictional task forces.”  “They are the unseen heroes that go unheard of and relentlessly approach danger and uncertainty without hesitation,” added Grau.  In 2011, Illinois MEGs and Task Forces were responsible for the initiation of 4,726 criminal investigations and the arrests of 4,282 subjects, 886 of whom who qualified for mandatory prison sentences.  In addition, 965 search warrants were served and 1,020 guns used in criminal activity were seized.   “It is these undisputable results and the unwavering bravery that underscores the value of these task forces and their outstanding performance,” said Grau.  “I am honored to be associated with these law enforcement professionals,” he added.  The keynote speaker was a highly decorated Dallas Police Department Narcotics Detective who emphasized the importance of drug enforcement and community safety-fighting the war on drugs with a purpose to protect the innocent from the harmful effects and violence related to illicit drug abuse and distribution.

KAMEG agents from the Bourbonnais, Bradley, Illinois State and Kankakee Police Departments, KAMEG staff, and two prosecutors from the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office received the following awards:

·         “Operation Motorblow” investigation conducted with the F.B.I. and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.  This case resulted in the seizure of 24 pounds of cannabis, an AK-47, a loaded handgun, and the arrest of 2 habitual drug offenders.

·         A KAMEG agent who is a Bradley Police Officer received recognition for the proactive efforts exhibited during a drug investigation which provided crucial intelligence to Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department investigators which resulted in the identification of a murder suspect in Kankakee County.

·         A KAMEG agent who is a Kankakee Police Officer received recognition for the commitment and professionalism exhibited during “Operation Enterprise” which KAMEG conducted with the D.E.A., Indiana State Police, and the Cass County Indiana Sheriff’s Department.  This investigation resulted in 29 felony arrests for an array of federal and state, drug and weapons offenses in Indiana and Illinois.

·         The KAMEG Executive Office Manager received an award in recognition of the 25 years of dedicated and valuable service to KAMEG.  The Association applauded and commended the managers’ expertise and professionalism which allows KAMEG to sustain a high achievement level and fulfill its mission.

·         Two Kankakee County Assistant State’s Attorneys received an award for exceptional commitment and performance during the Donato Perez investigation and subsequent jury trial.  Perez, an habitual offender and street gang member, was arrested by KAMEG and later found guilty by a jury by possession 5 ½ ounces of cocaine and a half pound of cannabis.  As a result, Perez was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

·         KAMEG agents received a group award for outstanding drug enforcement efforts exhibited from July 2011 through June 2012, which directly impacted community safety.  Their courageous performance resulted in 320 case initiations, 249 arrests, 87 Class X Felony arrests, the seizure of $175,200 in assets, 182 drug purchases, 42 seized weapons, and the Federal indictment of 7 habitual offenders.

 “I applaud the women and men of KAMEG and all of the drug enforcement units in this state for exhibiting excellence through effective enforcement and drug education efforts, determination, and partnerships,” exclaimed Dir. Simington.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 9:51 p.m. KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 818 S. 3rd Ave., Apt. #1, Kankakee, Illinois following the receipt of a citizen’s complaint about drug activity.  During the warrant service, KAMEG agents located and seized a cannabis grow operation consisting of: 17 Cannabis Sativa Plants, 2.1 grams of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, an array of chemicals and fertilizer, fans, grow lamps, and other horticultural items.  Agents arrested Joshua E. Oden, age 34, of that residence for Unlawful Production of Cannabis Sativa Plants, a Class 4 Felony and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis.  He was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is awaiting an appearance before a judge to receive a bond.

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 6:20 p.m. KAMEG agents arrested Gerardo Correa, age 29 of 9617 S. Muskegon, Chicago, Illinois and Jose Haro-Gutierrez, age 29 of 10520 Torrence Ave., Chicago, Illinois.  The arrests took place in a wooded area located near 13750E and 1500S Roads in Pembroke Township, Illinois where agents located several plots of cultivated high-grade cannabis plants.  KAMEG and Illinois State Police agents eradicated 1,468 cannabis plants during the investigation and seized plant fertilizers and bug prevention chemicals along with an array of planting, cultivating, and packaging material, and a vehicle.  KAMEG Agents continued the investigation which led to the execution of a search warrant at Correa’s residence in Chicago, Illinois.  At that location agents seized approximately 25 pounds of cannabis packaged for sale, eight additional cannabis plants, ammunition, and $18,520 in cash.  According to Director Jamal Simington, “This year we have broken records with the number of cannabis plant we have seized.  Last year KAMEG dismantled 6 illicit cannabis grows with a total of 274 plants.  Thus far this year KAMEG agents have dismantled 11 grows with a combined total of 2,953 cannabis plants, making a substantial impact on the availability of the most frequently abused drug.  It appears the illegal activity in Pembroke Township has been afoot for more than a year and the offenders took advantage of the rural and wooded area to conceal this significant operation.”  Correa and Haro-Gutierrez were transferred to the Federal Courthouse in Urbana, Illinois where they have been charged by the United States Attorney’s Office with Production of more than 1,000 Cannabis Sativa Plants and Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Distribute 1,000 or more Cannabis Plants.  Additional charges are being considered.  A federal judge ordered that both offenders be detained by the United States Marshal Service pending an indictment and trial.  The drugs seized were given an estimated street value of over $7,000,000.  Simington explained, “The demand for this drug continues in our communities, despite the health concerns and addiction treatment rates.”  According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (2011), the nation has an emergency room admission rate of 123 people per every 100,000 people for cannabis abuse, a close second to cocaine which demonstrates the dangers of cannabis.  KAMEG was assisted in this investigation by the Illinois State Police, Special Operations Command Division, District 21 Patrol Troopers, and Zone 3 Criminal Investigations agents, the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office, United States Attorney’s Office in Urbana, Illinois, as well as the Narcotics and Currency Interdiction Team (Chicago) and the Chicago Police Department.  Simington further shared that, “cooperative efforts and teamwork in this case extended beyond the Kankakee Area and well into the City of Chicago where the criminal organization was based.  This criminal enterprise sought out prime land in a desolate area within Pembroke Township to further their illicit activities.  The men and women of KAMEG and our partners interrupted the drugs flowing from this enterprise with their hard work and strong efforts.”

 

On Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11:05 p.m. KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 442 S. Myrtle Ave., Kankakee, Illinois.  During the warrant service, agents encountered Jonathan F. Peco, age 23, in the home attempting to destroy cocaine in the kitchen where two loaded semi-automatic handguns were located within his reach.  Peco was arrested and agents seized 205 grams of cannabis packaged for sale, 3.5 grams of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia, three guns, and ammunition.  Peco was charged with Armed Violence (Class X Felony), Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, No Valid F.O.I.D., Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a School, and Obstructing Justice.  He was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is awaiting an appearance before a judge for an initial bond.  The Kankakee Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and Investigations Division, as well as the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted KAMEG with this investigation.  According to Director Jamal A. Simington, “This investigation is a perfect example of citizens and law enforcement working together as a team to address quality of life issues in our communities.  Cooperative efforts result in significant investigations and make a difference.  Kankakee City Police Department’s support in this case was appreciative.”    

On Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 8:17 p.m. KAMEG agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for failure to signal at the intersection of Myrtle St. and Hickory Ave.  During the stop, agents located a bag of cannabis which led to the search of the vehicle.  A subsequent search revealed a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle.  Agents arrested Timothy J. Williams, age 27, of 1817 Red Willow Road, Morris, Illinois and Keyamani K. Giles, age 17, of 410 S. Schuyler Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, respectively.  Both were detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where an appearance before a judge for bond is pending.

On Thursday, September 13, 2012 KAMEG agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 700 Block of North Cottage Avenue in Kankakee for having a suspended registration, failure to signal, and improper use of a registration.  During the stop agents arrested Erik C. Thomas, age 22, of 704 N. Cottage Ave., Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, No F.O.I.D., and Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Alonzo L. Williams, age 22 of 703 N. Cottage Ave., Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and No F.O.I.D.-Ineligible Person.  During the stop an agent observed two handguns inside of the vehicle.  A subsequent search led to the seizure of 0.7 gram of cannabis, a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun and a loaded .38 Special revolver.  Both were detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where an appearance before a judge for bond is pending.

 

On August  28, 2012 at approximately 12:49 p.m., KAMEG agents executed two search warrants simultaneously at neighboring properties in Pembroke Township, Illinois located at 11210E 4000S Road and 11210-BE 4000S Road.  The search warrants were acquired after receiving information that numerous cannabis plants were growing on both properties. 

During a search at the first address, which belonged to Darryl V. Overton, age 58, agents seized twenty-one cannabis plants, approximately 93 grams of cannabis, numerous cannabis seeds, four handguns, and two shotguns.   Overton was arrested and charged with Production of Cannabis Sativa Plants and Manufacture/Delivery of Cannabis, Class 3 Felonies.

During a search at the second address which belonged to Clyde R. Johnson, age 65, agents seized 226 cannabis plants from a field and approximately 12 grams of cannabis from the residence.  Johnson was arrested and charged with Production of Cannabis and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, a Class 1 Felony and Class A Misdemeanor. 

Both Overton and Johnson were jailed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where a bond is pending following an appearance before a judge.  KAMEG was assisted by the Illinois State Police Special Operations Command and the Kankakee County State's Attorney's Office.

 

During the course of a three-day operation coined “Operation Effect” KAMEG Agents arrested 23 subjects on a variety of drug offenses and arrest warrants.  These arrests occurred from Tuesday, August 21st through Thursday, August 23rd in Iroquois and Kankakee Counties.  According to KAMEG Director Jamal Simington, “KAMEG collaborates with its partners-the community, United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of Illinois, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office, and our contributing members-to have an effect on illegal drug violations and understand its correlation with community safety.  Communities are safer when illegal drugs are combated through effective enforcement and partnerships.  I would like to praise the efforts of the KAMEG agents and the Federal and State prosecutors who contributed to the successes of this Operation.”    According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2006), 32% of state prisoners and 46% of offenders on probation admitted being under the influence of illegal drugs at the time of their offense.  According to a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration study, among fatally injured drivers in 2009, 18 percent tested positive for at least one illegal drug.  Simington added, “Concentrated efforts on illicit drug sales and supply and reducing its availability is KAMEG’s primary mission.”  During the course of a 19 month period, KAMEG agents made numerous purchases/seizures of felony amounts of illegal drugs including cocaine, crack cocaine, and cannabis.  According to Kankakee Deputy Police Chief John Gerard, "Anytime we can take twenty-three individuals off the streets for trafficking narcotics and other crimes, this is a significant step towards making our community a safer place.  I applaud the efforts of the Agents and prosecutors involved.”  Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jaime Boyd added, “these are the results law enforcement agencies and those they serve receive when there is a cooperative effort afoot.”  Director Simington urges the public to visit www.kameg.org for information concerning illegal drug and street gangs.

The names, ages, addresses, charges, and initial bonds for each accused person is as follows:

·        Norman Moffett, aka: Chip, age 32, of 1164 N. Chicago Place, Kankakee, Illinois. Current Illinois Department of Corrections Parolee for a previous Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer Violation.  Moffett, previously convicted three times for felony cocaine and cannabis violations, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on Wednesday, August 22 for Distribution of Crack Cocaine and Distribution of 28 grams or more of Crack Cocaine.  During a KAMEG investigation, Moffett sold about three ounces of crack cocaine which had a street value of $8,500.  He was arrested for those offenses on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and is being detained by the US Marshals while awaiting trial in Urbana, Illinois.  Moffett is considered a Federal career offender and is facing 10 years to life in a Federal penal institution for this violation.  

 

·        Cedric A. Terrell, age 26, of 714 S. Main Ave., Kankakee, Illinois.  Terrell was indicted by the Illinois Statewide Grand Jury in Springfield for Conspiracy to Distribute Cannabis and two counts of Attempt Conspiracy to Distribute Cannabis, both felony violations.  It is alleged that Terrell acting with others to move and distribute large amounts of cannabis in several counties in Illinois.  His bond was set at $100,000 and he remains detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  These are additional charges which surfaced from Operation Motor Blow KAMEG conducted with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Statewide Grand Jury Division is prosecuting this case.  This investigation yielded a seizure of drugs valued at over $220,000.

***The remaining cases are being tried by the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.***

·        Kristian T. Bush, age 30, of 550 S. Poplar Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  Bush was arrested for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver Within 1000 Feet of a protected zone, a Class X Felony.  Her bond was set at $100,000 and she was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Brian K. Odeneal, age 44, of 533 N. Hammes Ave., Kankakee, Illinois.  Odeneal was arrested for Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine, 15-100 Grams, a Class X Felony.  His bond was set at $100,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Melissa K. Helgeson, age 33, of 301 Cook Blvd., Bradley, Illinois.  Helgeson was arrested for Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a Class 2 Felony.  Her bond was set at $100,000 and she was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Kyle A. Warner, age 23, of 4474 Railroad Ave., Kankakee, Illinois.  Warner was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class 4 Felony.  His bond was set at $20,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Tristan J. McClendon, age 27, of 433 S. Rosewood Ave., Kankakee, Illinois.  McClendon was charged with Delivery of Cocaine within 1000 Feet of a protected zone.  His bond was set at $100,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Ernest D. Riley, age 52, of 235 N. Greenwood Ave., Kankakee, Illinois.  Riley was charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a protected zone.  His bond was set at $100,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Theodore W. Davis, Jr., age 34, of 1026 W. Hawkins St., Kankakee, Illinois.  Davis was charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, 2000-5000 grams with Intent to Deliver (2 counts-Class 2 Felonies) and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, 2.5-10 grams.  His bond was set at $200,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Holly Johnson, age 37, of 498 Cook Blvd., Bradley, Illinois.  Johnson was charged with Unlawful Deliver of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a protected zone.  Her bond was set at $50,000 and she was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Jursalle L. Hairston, age 39, of 372 S. Curtis Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  Hairston was arrested for Delivery of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a protected zone and Unlawful Deliver of a Controlled Substance, Class X and 1 Felonies.  His bond was set at $150,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Abraham J. Ybarra, age 33, of 397 W. Brookmont St., Bradley, Illinois.  Ybarra was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class 4 Felony.  His bond was set at $25,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Christopher M. Sorenson, age 22, of 303 E. Chapel St., Beaverville, Illinois.  Sorenson was arrested for Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a protected zone, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class 2 and 3 Felonies and a Class A Misdemeanor. His bond was set at $50,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Quoneil D. Stanback, age 18, of 309 N. Greenwood Ave., Kankakee, Illinois was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, 10-30 grams, a Class 4 Felony.  He was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond.

·        Albert A. Jones, age 30, of 103 S. Locust St., Momence, Illinois.  Jones was arrested for Delivery of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a protected zone.  His bond was set at $150,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Ramiro Mendez, age 29, of 1047 W. Bourbonnais St., Apt. 6, Kankakee, Illinois.  Mendez was arrested for Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine, 15-100 grams and Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine, 1-15 grams.  His bond was set at $100,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Undre Melton, aka: Andre Melton, age 41, of 342 S. Fifth Ave., Apt. #1, Kankakee, Illinois.  Melton was arrested for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a protected zone.  His bond was set at $75,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        LaShawn O. Ellis, age 26, of 731 N. Hobbie Ave., Kankakee, Illinois.  Ellis was charged with Delivery of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a protected zone.  His bond was set at $100,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        James Thompson, age 50, of 193 N. Taylor Avenue in Kankakee, Illinois.  He was charged with Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer and Obstructing a Police Officer (**Previous press release on 08/22/12**).

·        Cameron S. Kennedy, age 29, of 833 Gettysburg Ave., Apt. #2, Bourbonnais, Illinois.  Kennedy was arrested on a Kankakee County arrest warrant for Attempt Obstruction of Justice.  His bond was set at $3,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Justin T. Matthews, age 27, of 458 N. Union St., Kankakee, Illinois.  Matthews was arrested on a Kankakee County arrest warrant for No Valid Driver’s License.  His bond was set at $5,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Wayne M. Wells, age 21 of 653 N. Evergreen Ave., Kankakee, Illlinois.  Wells was arrested on two Kankakee County arrest warrants for Cannabis Violations.  His bond was set at $7,500 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

·        Waddell A. Smith, age 26, of 274 N. Chicago Ave., Apt. #2, Kankakee, Illinois.  Smith was arrested on a Kankakee County arrest warrant for Driving While License Suspended.  His bond was set at $3,000 and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On Sunday, August 19, 2012 at approximately 7:27 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Sophia D. Crumbley, age 33 of 884 Gettysburg Drive, Apt. #4, Bourbonnais, Illinois.  KAMEG served a search warrant at Crumbley’s home after receiving a citizen’s complaint about drug dealing at that location.  Agents seized eleven bags of cannabis packaged for sale and a digital scale.  Crumbley was charged with Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver and was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where she posted a $1,000 bond

On Monday, August 13, 2012, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Howard Johnson, Jr., age 19, of 241 S. Evergreen Ave., Kankakee, Illinois delivered 17 bags of crack cocaine during a KAMEG investigation.  Johnson was subsequently arrested by KAMEG agents in the 200 block of S. Greenwood Avenue in Kankakee following a short foot chase.  Johnson, a current Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Parolee, was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on the charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Church, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer, and Obstructing Justice.  Johnson was on parole for a previous drug conviction.  Johnson’s parolee status was revoked and he remains detained with a $250,000 bond for the most recent offense and no bond for the IDOC parole violation warrant. 

On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at approximately 9:08 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Yeshua A. Banks, a 22 year-old male, of 152 S. Greenwood Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Within 1000 feet of a Place of Worship.  During a KAMEG investigation, Banks delivered 1.5 grams of crack cocaine.  Banks, an Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Parolee, was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on a $150,000 bond for the delivery charge.  Banks had a previous attempted robbery conviction.  His parole status was revoked and he will remain in-custody as determined by IDOC.

On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at approximately 10:25 p.m., KAMEG agents served a search warrant at 357 N. Myrtle Ave., Kankakee, Illinois following a citizen’s complaint about drug sales.  While there agents seized nine bags of cannabis packaged for sale, a digital scale, and packaging material.  Agents arrested Angelo J. Ervin, age 31, of that address.  He was charged with Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver, 10-30 grams.  Ervin will appear before a judge today to determine his bond.

On Thursday, August 16, 2012, at approximately 6:57 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Terrence G. O’Malley, age 60, of 2200 E. Court St., Apartment 1105, Kankakee, IL.  O’Malley delivered three Methadone pills, a Schedule II opiate commonly used for drug addiction detoxification, during a drug investigation.  O’Malley was arrested.  A subsequent search of his apartment yielded sixteen additional Methodone pills.  O’Malley was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is awaiting his initial court appearance to determine his bond for the charge of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 Feet of a School.

On Monday, August 6, 2012 at approximately 9:57 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 264 N. Illinois Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  During the investigation, agents seized 51 grams of cannabis and arrested the resident, Lucien S. Sherrod, age 39.  He was charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, a Class 3 Felony and was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held with no bond and an Illinois Department of Corrections Parole violation.

On Sunday August 5, 2012 at approximately 8:10 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Yashie M Moore, age 34 of 2779 Cooper Drive, Apartment #5, Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Delivery of Heroin.  Moore was arrested after he sold three bags of suspected heroin near intersection of Hillcrest Avenue and Crestlane Street in Kankakee, Illinois.  A subsequent search of Moore’s residence yielded an additional three bags of heroin which were seized.  Moore was charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of Church Property.  He is being detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.     

 On Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at approximately 5:54 p.m., KAMEG agents served a search warrant at the downstairs apartment of 269 N. Washington Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois after receiving a complaint of illegal sales of prescription medication.  During the investigation agents seized over 205 hydrocodone (Vicodin) pills, a highly addictive narcotic and pain reliever and 5 grams of cannabis.  Agents arrested Wayne C. Lundquist, age 62, and he was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a church.  During the investigation officers encountered customers who were visiting the home to purchase hydrocodone pills.  Lundquist was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.  According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), hydrocodone is the second most frequently encountered opiod pharmaceutical product in drug evidence seized by police agencies and submitted for forensic analysis.  According to KAMEG Director Jamal A. Simington, “KAMEG has experienced an increase in the illegal sales of hydrocodone pills which are being purchased by dealers for a few dollars others and then resold illegally for $10-$20 per pill.  The demand for this narcotic has increased locally and nationally.”  Prescription pain relievers are the second-most abused drug in the U.S. after marijuana, with hydrocodone-related emergency room visits more than doubling from 2004 to 2010, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Director Simington emphasizes the importance of monitoring these types of prescription drugs in the home to prevent access and abuse by those it is not prescribed to.  He stated, “KAMEG will continue its focus on offenders who sale illicit prescription drugs which degrade quality of life issues in our communities.  I urge members of the community to contact KAMEG with information on illegal prescription drug sales.”  

On Monday, July 23, 2012 at approximately 11:26 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Timothy Aaron Lane, age 40, of 896 S. Dearborn Avenue, Apt. #1, Kankakee, Illinois for Resisting Arrest (Class A Misdemeaner) and two counts Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a Church (Class X Felony violations with a sentencing range of 9-40 years in the Department of Corrections).  Agents were traveling in the area of Schuyler Avenue and Water Street when they observed Lane walking on the sidewalk.  As agents stopped to speak with Lane, he ran.  As he ran, KAMEG Agents observed him throw an item, which was later identified as being 111.3 grams of powder cocaine.  Lane was subsequently apprehended.  Agents acquired a search warrant for Lane’s home and found an additional 21.8 grams of cocaine.  The 4.75 ounces of cocaine seized had an estimated street value of $5,810.  Lane was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is awaiting bond.

 

July 17, 2012

From the Office of Jamie Boyd, Kankakee County State’s Attorney 

On July 12, 2012, Kankakee County Circuit Judge Clark Erickson sentenced Donato Perez to 25 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

 

On November 27, 2011, after a thorough investigation, the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) executed a search warrant at 445 N. Washington, Kankakee.   Over 160 grams of cocaine, 244.7 grams of cannabis, and a

9 mm semi-automatic handgun were located during the search warrant.  DNA and fingerprint analysis linked Perez to the contraband. 

 

On May 18, 2012, a jury found the 31 year old Perez, of Kankakee, guilty of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver.  During the trial and sentencing, Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jamie Boyd’s office was represented by Assistant State’s Attorney Katie Reed and Felony Supervisor Ed Pentuic. 

 

Perez will be required to serve 75% of his sentence and will remain incarcerated until he is approximately 49 years of age.

 

KAMEG is comprised of personnel from the Bourbonnais, Bradley, and Kankakee Police Departments, as well as the Illinois State Police.

 

A cooperative effort dubbed, “Operation Enterprise” between Federal, state and local officials in both Illinois and Indiana, led to the arrest of 29 people, nine locally, on drug charges.

The investigation into the drug trafficking ring was initiated by the Logansport, IN, Police Department, The Cass County, IN, Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police several months ago. It eventually broadened to include three counties in Illinois and six counties in north central Indiana.

On Monday, officers from the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG), Illinois State Police Zone 3, District 21, District 5 Special Enforcement Team (SET), Air Operations, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Will County Cooperative Police Assistance Team (WCPAT), Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (VMEG), the Illinois Attorney General’s Office-Statewide Grand Jury Bureau, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Iroquois and Kankakee County Sheriff's Departments, Bradley, Kankakee, St. Anne, and Watseka Police Departments, Indiana State Police-Drug Enforcement Section, Cass County (Indiana) Drug Task Force served four search warrants located in rural St. Anne, Milford, Sheldon and Iroquois. Other arrests were made in Donovan and Hoopeston.

Those arrested included:

·        Guillermo Patlan, 38, Milford, federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana;

·        Jose Nambo, 31, St. Anne, federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana;

·        Nora Guardiola, 34, Sheldon, federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana;

·        Jeremy Dyer, 30, Iroquois, federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana;

·        Andres Garcia, 55, Hoopeston, federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana;

·        Jimmy Marshall, 31, Donovan, Indiana state charges for conspiracy to deal marijuana;

·        Ricardo X. Guardiola, 19, Illinois state charges for possession of cannabis;

·        Jaremy Simms, 23, Illinois state charges for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a park, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and armed violence; and

·        Wendy Stone, 32, Illinois state charges for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.  Guardiola, Sims, and Guardiola were detained at the Iroquois County Jail.

During the course of the investigation, 24 pounds of cannabis, 11 grams of crack cocaine, six grams of psilocybin mushrooms, four hits of LSD, five grams of cocaine, $13,558 cash, three vehicles, and two loaded weapons were seized in Illinois.  Indiana officials arrested 20 individuals for variety of drug-related Federal and state offenses and seized nine vehicles, two jet-skis, 200 lbs. of cannabis, 200 cannabis plants, 1.2 kilograms of cocaine, two firearms, and an estimated $20,000 USC.

“Drug traffickers don’t pay attention to state or county lines or village limits,” said KAMEG Director M/Sgt. Jamal Simington. “This successful operation was due to the high level of cooperation between many law enforcement jurisdictions in order to make an impact on the distribution of illicit drugs.”  Simington encourages the public to contact KAMEG with any information concerning these or other drug distributors in the area.  KAMEG Policy Board Chairman, Chief Larry

Regnier of the Kankakee Police Department applauded the efforts of the KAMEG officers and other agencies who collaborated in this successful operation.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated.

 

Multi Agency Drug Investigation Leads to Multiple Arrests

 Yesterday morning, a narcotics investigation by the Indiana State Police, the Logansport Police Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana led to 29 people being arrested on felony drug charges.

 

Early yesterday morning, officers executed arrest and search warrants in Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Howard, Miami, and Tippecanoe Counties, in Indiana, and Iroquois and Vermillion Counties in Illinois. Based upon these warrants, officers arrested 29 individuals on federal and state felony drug charges.

 

The investigation was initiated by officers from the Logansport Police Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana State Police, but eventually led to multiple agencies investigating suspects in six counties in north central Indiana and two counties in east central Illinois. While serving the multiple warrants, officers seized approximately 13 pounds of suspected marijuana, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, firearms, a marijuana grow operation with approximately 200 plants, approximately 37 grams of suspected cocaine, $34,000 in United States currency, 10 vehicles, and two jet skis.

 

Arrested and Charges:

 

-          George Z. Setser,  37, Logansport, IN, state  charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and conspiracy to deal marijuana

-          Dennis P. Wildrick, 37,  Logansport, IN,  state charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and conspiracy to deal marijuana

-          Charles Flaherty, 50, Lafayette, IN,  state charge for conspiracy to deal marijuana,

-          Matt T. Burkett, 38, Logansport, IN, state charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and conspiracy to deal marijuana 

-          Jay D. Howell, 53, Logansport, IN, state charges for conspiracy to deal marijuana 

-          Jimmy Marshall, 31, Donovan, IL, Indiana state charges for conspiracy to deal marijuana

-          Brandon D. Kinser, 33, Frankfort, IN,  state charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana

-          Joe Gibbs, 33, Kokomo, IN,  federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana  

-          Michael Curtis, 52, Logansport, IN, state charges for conspiracy to deal marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance

-          Laef Wade, 51, Logansport, IN, federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana 

-          Jose Patlan, 37, Logansport, IN,  federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana  

-          Dale Marshall, 53, Logansport, IN,  federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana

-          Christopher Calisto, 40, Twelve Mile, IN , federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana

-          Eric Arnold, 39,  Macy, IN,  federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana 

-          Robert Duff  50, Delphi, IN, federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana 

-          Guillermo Patlan, 38, Milford, IL, federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana

-          Jose Nambo, 31, St. Anne, IL, federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana 

-          Nora Guardiola, 34,  Sheldon, IL,  federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana

-          Jeremy Dyer, 30,  Iroquois, IL,  federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana 

-          Brock Crowe, 36,  Delphi, IN, federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana

-          Lynn Little, 42, West Lafayette, IN,  federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana

-          Denise Curtis, 42, Logansport, IN, state charges for maintaining a common nuisance and conspiracy to deal marijuana

-          Kenneth Fox, 44, Logansport, IN, state charges for cultivating marijuana and felony possession of marijuana

-          Andres Garcia, 55, Hoopeston, IL, federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana

-          Patrick Fox, 46, Lake Cicott, IN, state charges for dealing and cultivating marijuana cultivating   

 

Three individuals were also arrested to face state felony charges in Illinois:

 

-           Ricardo Guardia, 19, Illinois state charge for possession of cannabis.

-          Jaremy Simms, 23, Illinois state charges for possession of a controlled  substance with the intent to deliver within a 1000 feet of a park, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and armed violence.

-          Wendy Stone, 32, Illinois state charge for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

 

As a direct result of yesterday’s warrant services, Rodney Walters, 52, Delphi, IN, was arrested on felony state charge for possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor count for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was not a target in the original investigation.

 

This investigation is ongoing.

 

On Sunday, July 1, 2012 at approximately 11:30 p.m., KAMEG agents and officers with the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at 118 W. Main Street, Martinton, Illinois.  During the warrant, agents seized 114 high-grade cannabis plants which were being produced with a highly sophisticated indoor cannabis grow operation.  In the home agents seized a significant amount of processed cannabis, drug paraphernalia and numerous items which were used to grow the cannabis ranging from expensive lighting and electrical components, an array of fertilizer, and fans.  John E. Craycraft, age 31, of 1011 St. Charles Street, Beaverville, Illinois was arrested and charged with Production of Cannabis Plants, a Class 2 Felony.  He was incarcerated at the Iroquois County Jail and was assigned a bond of $10,000.  An investigation is on-going and additional arrests are pending.  The cannabis has an estimated street value of $135,000.  According to Director Jamal A. Simington, “There has been an increase in domestically produced cannabis which has a high THC (active ingredient in cannabis) level not experienced by law enforcement in the past.  The indoor cannabis grows are extremely dangerous and agents who are dealing with these cases are taking extra precautions to remain safe.”  Director Simington would like to remind the public that criminal enterprises are using homes and other buildings in rural and populated communities for the sole purpose of growing cannabis at an increased rate.  Contact KAMEG or your local police department if you observe the following suspicious activity in your community: 1) irregular visits by a property owner; 2) transfer of excessive equipment (lighting, fans, buckets, dehumidifiers, fertilizer, soil, etc.) into a building/home; 3) strange odors coming from inside the building/home; 4) windows which are covered by boards/black plastic; 5) owners who have excessive garbage are not using neighborhood waste companies; 6) visits of short duration by a variety of people; and 7) no one actively living in the home or working in the building.   The Iroquois and Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Offices provided assistance during this investigation.   Photographs of this cannabis grow are attached for your use.

On Saturday, July 7, 2012, KAMEG arrested Danyil A Taylor, age 35, of 729 Union Drive, University Park, Illinois. The arrest took place at approximately 12:22 a.m. at the corner of Hammes Avenue and Spruce Street in Kankakee, Illinois.  During a traffic stop it was discovered that Taylor had a suspended driver’s license.  Taylor was arrested for this offense and was found to be in possession of approximately 0.7 gram of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.  He was charged with Unlawful Possession of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Church.  Taylor was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention where he is being detained pending an appearance before a judge for bond. 

On Sunday, June 17, 2012, KAMEG arrested Jamar K. Banks, age 26, of 424 Industrial Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois. The arrest took place at approximately 9:30 p.m. at his residence following a joint drug investigation which involved the Bradley Police Department and KAMEG.  During this investigation, Banks delivered approximately 2.6 grams of crack cocaine and was subsequently arrested for Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Church and for a Kankakee County arrest warrant for Attempt Obstructing Justice-Destruction of Evidence.  Banks was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention where he is being detained pending an appearance before a judge for bond. 

On Friday, June 15, 2012 at approximately 8:05 p.m., KAMEG arrested Andre L. Williams, age 23, of 330 S. Rosewood Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  Williams delivered 1.4 grams of crack cocaine during a drug investigation conducted in the 300 block of South Washington Avenue in Kankakee.  During his arrest, Williams was found to be in possession of 4.7 grams of cannabis.  He was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine and also served an Illinois Department of Corrections Arrest Warrant for Violation of his Mandatory Supervised Released (Parole) of which he had been incarcerated for home invasion.  He is currently being held with no bond. 

On Friday, June 8, 2012 at approximately 7:48 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Larry G. Wells, age 20, of 180 S. Washington Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois in the 300 block of West Station Street in Kankakee, Illinois.  Wells, an Illinois Department of Corrections Parolee, was found to be in possession of approximately 14 grams of cannabis after he was observed conducting suspicious activity near a business.  Wells was arrested and charged with Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, a Class 4 Felony.  He is jailed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing.   

 

On Monday, June 4, 2012 at approximately 11:45 a.m., KAMEG agents arrested Jamie L. Williams, aka: Jaime Mo, age 32, of 1527 Wingo Lane, Apartment #4, Bradley, Illinois for a warrant issued by Judge David Bernthal of the United States, Central District of Illinois Court for Distribution of 28 or More Grams of Cocaine Base (“Crack”).  A criminal complaint was filed on May 17, 2012 for these offenses as a result of a KAMEG investigation.  During the course of the investigation, Williams sold significant amounts of crack cocaine on three separate occasions.  On September 14, 2011, Williams delivered 13 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover agent.  A day later, Williams delivered approximately 2 ounces of crack cocaine to an agent in the 1600 Block of North Route 50 in Bradley, Illinois.  On September 28, 2011, Williams sold 60.8 grams of crack cocaine to an agent in the 1500 block of Northfield Meadows Road in Bradley, Illinois.  These purchases of crack cocaine had a total estimated street value of $12,400.  Williams appeared before the Honorable Judge Bernthal on June 5, 2012 at the Federal Courthouse in Urbana, Illinois where he was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending a detention hearing.  These charges carry a sentence of twenty years-to-life in a federal penal institution.  The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of Illinois, and the Illinois State Police provided assistance during this investigation. 

 

On Friday, June 1, 2012 at approximately 9:34 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Brianna L. Bonds, age 21, of 124 Norway Drive, Manteno, Illinois for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance.  On December 20, 2011, Bonds delivered 19.5 Alprazolam pills during a drug investigation in the 400 block of South Washington Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  Alprazolam is a Schedule IV Controlled Substance which is one of the most highly abused prescribed depressant drugs on the market.  Bonds was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where she is being held on a $20,000 bond for this felony offense and prostitution. 

 

On Thursday, May 31, 2012 at approximately 8:31 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 605 ½ S. Fifth Ave. Kankakee, IL.  The search warrant was issued following a complaint of marijuana sales occurring from the residence.  As a result of the search warrant, agents seized approximately 468 grams of suspected cannabis, and a digital scale.  Matthew R. Steffen, age 28, a resident of 605 ½ S. Fifth Ave. Kankakee, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver.  Steffen posted a $40,000 bond and has since been released from the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  The Kankakee County States Attorney’s Office provided assistance to KAMEG during this investigation.

 

On Thursday, May 31, 2012 at approximately 11:10 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 1239 Theresa Lane Bourbonnais, IL.  The search warrant was issued following complaints of marijuana and LSD sales occurring from the residence.  During a search of the residence, agents seized approximately 1230 grams of suspected cannabis, 21 candies laced with suspected LSD, 2.1 grams of suspected hashish, a digital scale, and two vials, one of which contained suspected LSD. Ryan W. Moore, age 17, a resident of 1239 Theresa Lane Bourbonnais, was arrested and charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver. Moore is currently incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center, his bond was set at $100,000.00.  Kenneth Ballard, age 20, of 75 Castle Coombe Court Bourbonnais, IL was arrested and charged with Possession of Cannabis and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. Ballard posted a $5000.00 bond and has since been released.  The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office provided assistance to KAMEG during this investigation.   

 

On Thursday morning, May 24, 2012 at approximately 12:24 a.m., KAMEG agents received a report of a person armed with a weapon in the area of 1100 E. Oak Street, Kankakee, Illinois.  Agents responded to the area and located the subject matching the description provided.  The person, later identified as Kenneth L. Beaulieu, age 26, of 273 W. Station Street, St. Anne, Illinois ran from officers as they stopped to speak with him.  He was apprehended in a nearby residence where agents located a loaded and defaced .357 magnum revolver.  The serial number imprint on the weapon was damaged.  Beaulieu was arrested and incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  He was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and No Valid F.O.I.D. Card-Ineligible Person.  He will appear before a judge today to receive a bond.

 

On Friday, May 18, 2012 at approximately 12:43 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at Zarzy’s Cantina located at 383 W. Station Street, Kankakee, Illinois.  The search warrant was issued following a complaint of marijuana sales from the bar.  During a search agents seized approximately 54 grams of cannabis packaged for distribution.  A Zarzy’s bartender, Robyn Lynne Vangilder, age 36, of 438 E. Water Street, Kankakee, Illinois was charged with Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver, a Class 3 Felony.  Vangilder posted a $25,000 bond and has been since released from the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  She’s scheduled to appear before a Kankakee County Judge on June 18, 2012 to answer the charge.  The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office provided assistance to KAMEG during this investigation.

 

 

On Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at approximately 9:30 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Richard Stewart, age 40 and Kyle J. Lergner, age 26, of 560 N. Willow Pike, Sun River Terrace, Illinois for Unlawful Production of Cannabis Plants, a Class 2 Felony, with a maximum sentencing range of 3-7 years in prison.  KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at their residence where 236 cannabis plants growing a various stages, an array of grow apparatus and drug paraphernalia, a shotgun and one rifle were seized.  At full maturity, each of the cannabis plants could have produced a pound or more of marijuana, an estimated street value of $188,800.  “Our office received a complaint about this illegal operation from a concerned citizen and acted on it accordingly.  The disruption of the cannabis grow has a direct effect on community safety and the market for marijuana in the Kankakee County area”, exclaimed KAMEG Director Jamal Simington.  He added, “We are thankful for the community’s involvement in our enforcement efforts concerning illicit drugs in the Kankakee River Valley area.  Visit www.kameg.org for information concerning illegal drugs and gangs and to anonymously report these activities.”  Stewart and Lergner are incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center pending an appearance before a Kankakee County judge for a bond.  The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force provided valuable assistance to KAMEG during this investigation. 

 

 

On Tuesday, May 7, 2012 at approximately 7:16 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Cleveland J. Parker, age 42, of 1811 Fairway Court, Kankakee, Illinois for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, and Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer.  Parker was arrested after he ran from agents who were conducting a trespassing/loitering incident in the 300 block of North Wildwood Avenue in Kankakee.  Agents apprehended Parker after a short foot chase and discovered he tossed a loaded .38 caliber handgun into the bushes as he was being detained.  Parker was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is in-custody on a $150,000 bond for the new offenses.  In addition, Parker’s, who is currently on parole for a previous weapons offense, parole status was revoked.

 

On May 3, 2012 at approximately 9:27 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Devonta C. Holbrook, age 21, of 326 S. Gordon Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Kashus D. Vanderbilt, age 24, of 467 N. Cottage Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for two Kankakee County Arrest Warrants for a traffic offense and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis.  While working a strategic gang enforcement detail in the 200 block of South Gordon Avenue, agents spoke to Holbrook and Vanderbilt who were standing in the middle of the street.  While speaking with Holbrook agents discovered he was carrying a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.  Both individuals were incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On May 1, 2012 at approximately 9:47 p.m., pursuant to a joint Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) and Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) investigation, KAMEG arrested Cedric A. Terrell, age 26, of 714 S. Main Street, Kankakee, Illinois.  Terrell was arrested at his residence during the execution of a search warrant.  At his home agents found approximately 10.85 pounds of cannabis packaged for distribution, an AK-47 rifle, a handgun, ammunition, drug packaging material, a scale, and drug paraphernalia.  Terrell was identified as a marijuana supplier in the Kankakee area during a joint investigation coined “Operation Motorblow.”  The cannabis has an estimated street value of $50,000.  Terrell was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, Illinois where he was charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver, 2000-5000 grams-a Class X Felony which carries a penalty of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  His bond has been set at $75,000.  The Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Statewide Grand Jury Bureau and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted with this investigation.  “This joint investigation is a remarkable representation of Federal, state, and local agencies working together to address drug sales in our communities”, exclaimed KAMEG Director Jamal Simington.  He added, “So far this operation has netted over $220,000 in drug seizures which has a substantial impact on quality of life issues in our communities.  As in keeping with our mission, we strive to keep our communities drug-free and safe through a concentrated effort of the enforcement of drug laws.” 

On April 30, 2012 at approximately 11:27 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Kevin C. Hubbard, age 23, of 470 S. Wildwood Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a School.  Hubbard was arrested in the 1000 block of East Bourbonnais Street, Kankakee, Illinois after he was found in possession of 8 bags of crack cocaine during a drug investigation.  Hubbard was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, Illinois where he is being held on a $75,000 bond.

On Friday, April 6, 2012 at approximately 11:39 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Rashon K. Giles, age 33, of 365 S. Cannon Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, 30-500 grams with Intent to Deliver and Possession of a Firearm without a Requisite Firearm Owners Identification Card (F.O.I.D.).  During a search warrant, agents at Giles’ residence agents seized just over one-half pound of cannabis with an estimated street value of $2,260, an array of drug paraphernalia, a handgun, and ammunition.  Giles was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he bonded out on a $50,000. 

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at approximately 9:00 a.m., KAMEG agents arrested Edwin Galvez, age 31, of 342 S. Harrison Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois in the 300 block of West North Street, Momence, Illinois.  During a two month KAMEG investigation, Galvez delivered an ounce of cocaine on two separate occasions.  He was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine, a Class X Felony, which carries a punishment of 6-30 years.  Galvez, who is currently on Federal supervised release for federal weapons offenses is being detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center with no bond. The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office provided assistance during this investigation.

On Monday, April 2, 2012 at approximately 11:56 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Jordan R. Jordan, age 19, of 720 N. Park Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Gang Member.  Jordan was arrested in the 100 block of North Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee during a traffic stop for improper lane usage.  During the stop agents smelled alcohol emitting from the vehicle and during a subsequent search of the vehicle, a loaded semi-automatic handgun was found in the center console.  Jordan was also cited for No Valid Driver’s License and Illegal Transportation of Alcohol.  Jordan, a self-admitted street gang member, was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was incarcerated on a $20,000 bond. 

 

On Saturday, March 31, 2012 at approximately 10:54 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 91 Apple Lane, Bourbonnais, Illinois following the receipt of a citizen’s complaint about possible illegal drug activity.  While serving the warrant and attempting to gain entry into the home, agents encountered a fortified door causing a short delay.  While searching the mobile home, agents located a sophisticated cannabis grow, 73 high-quality cannabis plants growing at different stages, 3.3 pounds of processed cannabis, an array of drug paraphernalia, an array of ammunition, three handguns, and one rifle.  The plants and processed cannabis had a conservative estimated street value of up to $35,000.  According to Director Jamal Simington, “This indoor cannabis grow could have yielded a maximum of up to a pound of processed cannabis per plant, for a total of 73 pounds of processed cannabis.  The investigative efforts in this case led to a significant seizure, resulting in a safer Bourbonnais neighborhood.”  The resident, George P. Botica, age 56, was arrested and charged with Cannabis Production of 50 or More Plants, Manufacture/Delivery of Cannabis, over 500 Grams, and Criminal Fortification of a Residence, all felonies.   Botica was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he his being held on an initial bond of $100,000.  “These indoor cannabis grows are extremely dangerous, use an array of hazardous chemicals and fertilizers, and by their very nature have significant health and extreme fire hazards.  A citizen’s tip led us to this finding and we are thankful for our community partnerships,” exclaimed Simington.   The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted KAMEG with this investigation.

 

 

On March 26, 2012 at approximately 9:37 p.m., KAMEG agents served a search warrant at 419 S. Fourth Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois-the home of Tiovani R. McCurry, age 27.  The warrant was issued after a citizen’s complaint of drug sales from the home.  Agents seized 23 bags of cannabis packaged for sale and drug paraphernalia.  He was charged with Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver, 10-30 grams, a Class 4 Felony.  McCurry was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he posted a bond of $1,000.

 

On March 23, 2012 at approximately 9:04 p.m. KAMEG agents stopped vehicle at Merchant Street and Sibley Avenue in Kankakee, Illinois after the vehicle failed to signal and attempted to elude officers.  During this investigation agents arrested Zachary M. Lockhart, age 27, of 1305 S. Fifth Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois. Lockhart was found to be in possession of nine grams of cannabis and approximately 2 grams of cocaine.  He was charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a School, Attempted Obstruction of Justice, and Aggravated Fleeing/Eluding Police Officers.  Lockhart was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he posted a bond of $10,000.  

 

On March 22, 2012 at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) and the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) arrested Robert L. Roman, age 57, of 3236 N. Troy Street, Chicago, Illinois.  Roman was arrested at the Livingston County Courthouse as the result of a joint investigation coined “Operation Motorblow.”  Roman was identified as a multiple pound cannabis supplier for several dealers in Kankakee County and other suburban communities.  During this investigation, agents purchased approximately 13 pounds of cannabis with an estimated street value of $179,000.   Roman was charged with Delivery of Cannabis-Over 5,000 grams and Delivery of Cannabis, 30-500 grams, Class X and Class 3 felonies, respectively.  Roman faces a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  According to KAMEG Director Jamal A. Simington, “Marijuana sales and its use continues to impact the safety of our communities.  It remains the leading illegal drug of choice and the demand for it continues to concern the law enforcement community.  Having the opportunity to work with the F.B.I. to combat this threat was extremely important in this investigation.  The Operation Motorblow investigation continues and we ask the public to contact us with any illegal drug sales concerns in the future.”  Roman will appear before a Kankakee County judge this afternoon for a bond hearing.  The Illinois Attorney General’s and Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Offices provided assistance during this investigation.  

On March 12, 2012 at 4:50 p.m. KAMEG agents arrested Paula K. Molina, age 31, of 3179N 1800E Road, St. Anne, Illinois for 3 counts of Delivery of Cocaine, one of which was within 1000 feet of a Church.  Molina was arrested on 7000W near 1000S Road, Limestone Township.  She was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where she is being held pending a bond. 

On March 10, 2012 at approximately 4:22 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 1571 E. Bourbonnais St., Kankakee, Illinois. While doing so, agents attempted to subdue Ryan L. Elmore, age 32, of 933 N. Wildwood Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois, who was combative and resisting arrest.  Elmore was subsequently apprehended and transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was charged with Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer and Unlawful Delivery of Heroin within 1000 feet of a Church.   In addition, Elmore, an Illinois Department of Corrections parolee was charged with a Parole Violation Warrant.  He is being held without a bond. 

On March 8, 2012 at approximately 3:35 p.m., KAMEG officers arrested John E. Green, age 46, at his residence, 1080 S. Washington Avenue, Apartment #2, Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance resulting from a KAMEG investigation.  During his arrest, agents located ten clear plastic baggies containing approximately 7.4 grams of crack cocaine and a digital scale.  Green was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver-within 1000 feet of a Church.  Green was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where his bond was set at $200,000.

On March 8, 2012 at approximately 11:00 a.m., KAMEG agents arrested Antwan Lynell Jones, age 35, of 537 S. Rosewood Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois who was found in possession of approximately 10.5 pounds of cannabis.  The investigation determined that the packages of cannabis, which had an approximate street value of $48,000, had been shipped to Jones from Arizona.  Jones was arrested on Osborn Avenue south of River Street and charged with Cannabis Trafficking, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, 2000-5000 grams, and Calculated Criminal Cannabis Conspiracy.  During the investigation, agents also seized a .357 revolver.  Jones was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center and is being held on a $150,000 bond. 

On March 3, 2012 at approximately 11:30 a.m., KAMEG conducted a cannabis trafficking investigation in Kankakee, Illinois.  During the investigation and following the execution of three search warrants, KAMEG seized approximately 33 1/4 pounds of cannabis, a defaced and loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun, and drug paraphernalia.  Arrested during the investigation were Kevin Amphy, age 41, of 375 N. Sixth Avenue, Upstairs Apartment, Kankakee, Illinois and James L. Williams, aka: Billy, age 47, of 1846 Willowbrook Drive, Bourbonnais, Illinois.  Both were charged with Cannabis Trafficking, Calculated Criminal Cannabis Conspiracy, and Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver-5000 grams or more.  Amphy was also charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and Unlawful Possession of a Defaced Firearm.  The drugs seized had an estimated street value of $150,955.  This investigation extended from Arizona, a source state for illegal drugs, to Kankakee, Illinois.   According to Director Jamal A. Simington, “this investigation was the result of cooperative efforts with local, state, and Federal agencies as well as the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.  The seizure will certainly impact quality of life issues in the Kankakee River Valley.  The conspirators in this investigation appeared to have distributed numerous pounds of good quality cannabis throughout the region for over a year.”  Simington also credits the commitment of the agents who participated in this case and other significant seizures the past six months.     

On March 2, 2012 at approximately 8:44 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Arnold G. Calhoun, Jr., a.k.a. Gino, age 42, of 662 W. Merchant Street, Upstairs Apartment, Kankakee, Illinois for delivery of 9 bags of heroin.  During an investigation, KAMEG executed a search warrant at Calhoun’s residence where agents seized approximately 20 grams of heroin packaged for sale in 170 individual bags, a digital scale and drug paraphernalia.  The total approximate street value of the heroin seized is $3,600.  Calhoun, an Illinois Department of Correction’s (IDOC) parolee (http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/search/inms_print.asp?idoc=R26781), was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  He was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a Park (a Class X Felony), Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Park, and an IDOC warrant issued as a result of this investigation for Parole Violation.  Calhoun’s bond for the drug-related charges was set at $250,000.  The parole violation warrant had no bond.  According to Director Jamal A. Simington, “This is a significant drug arrest and a substantial seizure of a highly addictive and dangerous narcotic drug.  The heroin could have been purchased and used by numerous users throughout the Kankakee County area.”  Director Simington further stated, “KAMEG’s mission is to partner with members of the community to effective combat illegal drugs.  We welcome any information from our partners to continue in this effort.  Please visit www.kameg.org for more information and to report any drug activity.  Together, we can continue to make an impact on illicit drug sales and its related crime."        

 

On March 2, 2012 at approximately 8:44 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Arnold G. Calhoun, Jr., a.k.a. Gino, age 42, of 662 W. Merchant Street, Upstairs Apartment, Kankakee, Illinois for delivery of 9 bags of heroin.  During an investigation, KAMEG executed a search warrant at Calhoun’s residence where agents seized approximately 20 grams of heroin packaged for sale in 170 individual bags, a digital scale and drug paraphernalia.  The total approximate street value of the heroin seized is $3,600.  Calhoun, an Illinois Department of Correction’s (IDOC) parolee(http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/search/inms_print.asp?idoc=R26781), was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  He was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a Park (a Class X Felony), Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Park, and an IDOC warrant issued as a result of this investigation for Parole Violation.  Calhoun’s bond for the drug-related charges was set at $250,000.  The parole violation warrant had no bond.  According to Director Jamal A. Simington, “This is a significant drug arrest and a substantial seizure of a highly addictive and dangerous narcotic drug.  The heroin could have been purchased and used by numerous users throughout the Kankakee County area.”  Director Simington further stated, “KAMEG’s mission is to partner with members of the community to effective combat illegal drugs.  We welcome any information from our partners to continue in this effort.  Please visit www.kameg.org for more information and to report any drug activity.  Together, we can continue to make an impact on illicit drug sales and its related crime.”

 

On March 3, 2012 at approximately 11:30 a.m., KAMEG conducted a cannabis trafficking investigation in Kankakee, Illinois.  During the investigation and following the execution of three search warrants, KAMEG seized approximately 33 1/4 pounds of cannabis, a defaced and loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun, and drug paraphernalia.  Arrested during the investigation were Kevin Amphy, age 41, of 375 N. Sixth Avenue, Upstairs Apartment, Kankakee, Illinois and James L. Williams, aka: Billy, age 47, of 1846 Willowbrook Drive, Bourbonnais, Illinois.  Both were charged with Cannabis Trafficking, Calculated Criminal Cannabis Conspiracy, and Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver-5000 grams or more.  Amphy was also charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and Unlawful Possession of a Defaced Firearm.  The drugs seized had an estimated street value of $150,955.  This investigation extended from Arizona, a source state for illegal drugs, to Kankakee, Illinois.   According to Director Jamal A. Simington, “this investigation was the result of cooperative efforts with local, state, and Federal agencies as well as the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.  The seizure will certainly impact quality of life issues in the Kankakee River Valley.  The conspirators in this investigation appeared to have distributed numerous pounds of good quality cannabis throughout the region for over a year.”  Simington also credits the commitment of the agents who participated in this case and other significant seizures the past six months.             

 

On February 24, 2012 at approximately 11:43 p.m., KAMEG executed a search warrant at 376 W. Hickory St., Kankakee, Illinois, the residence of Carlos Gamez, Jr., age 22.  During the warrant agents seized 38 grams of cannabis, 30 hits of LSD, a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, and an array of drug paraphernalia.  As a result of this seizure, agents arrested Gamez on March 1, 2011 at his residence and transported him to the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  He was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet Church (Class X Felony), Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, 30-500 grams and No Valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.  His bond appearance is pending.

 

On February 29, 2012 at approximately 9:00 p.m., KAMEG arrested Samuel L. Burtis, age 50, of 690 S. Rosewood Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Church.  Burtis delivered 1.9 grams of crack cocaine during an investigation at 1155 E. Maple Street, Kankakee, Illinois.  He was     was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center and charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000’ feet of a Church-a Class X Felony.  His bond appearance is pending. 

 

On February 28, 2012, the Honorable Judge Harold A. Baker of the Central District of Illinois United States Circuit Court in Urbana sentenced David Lee Crisp, Sr., age 57, formerly of 649 E. Locust Street, Kankakee, Illinois to 120 months in the United States Bureau of Prisons.  Crisp was arrested by the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group on July 6, 2011 for the Federal Charges of Distribution of Crack Cocaine and Distribution of more than Five Grams of Crack Cocaine.  During a drug sales investigation in the summer of 2010, Crisp delivered 3.9 grams and 9.6 grams of crack cocaine in the Kankakee area.  Crisp will be required to serve 8 years of supervised release following his incarceration.  A $200 special assessment fee was imposed.  Assistant United State’s Attorney Eugene Miller prosecuted the case.

 

On February 25, 2012 at approximately 8:40 p.m., KAMEG executed a search warrant at the residence of Johnta Lewis Adams, age 23, located at 223 S. West Avenue, Apartment #4, Kankakee, Illinois.  This investigation was initiated after KAMEG received a complaint about drug sales at this location.  Agents seized just over a quarter of a pound of cannabis, 10 grams of powder cocaine, and an array of drug paraphernalia.  The street value of the drugs seized was approximately $2,170.  Adams was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver-a Class 3 Felony and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver within 1000’ of a Church-a Class X Felony.  No bond has been set yet. 

 

On February 21, 2012 Chief Judge Michael P. McCuskey, of the U.S. Central District of Illinois Court in Urbana sentenced Antonio L. Felix, age 34, formerly of 162 N. Fifth Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois to 120 months in the United States Bureau of Prisons.   Felix was arrested during a traffic stop on March 17, 2011 at the intersection of Oak Street and Entrance Avenue in Kankakee, Illinois by the Kankakee Police Department.  During the stop, officers located just under 3.5 ounces of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $8,990.  Felix was subsequently indicted by a Federal grand jury for Possession of Crack Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute.  According to Kankakee Police Department Deputy Chief John Gerard, “This was a fine example of a cooperative effort between the Kankakee Police Department and the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group.”  He noted that “the seizure was substantial and because of the efforts of both agencies, the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office, a mid-level drug distributor was held accountable for his illegal activities.”  Felix will also have to serve an eight year term of supervised release with special conditions and pay a $100 special assessment fee.  Assistant United State’s Attorney Ronda Coleman prosecuted the case.  

 

 

On February 23, 2012 at approximately 11:06 p.m., KAMEG executed a search warrant at 255 S. Elm Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois, the residence of Demont C. Boxley, age 29.  This investigation was initiated after KAMEG received a citizen’s complaint about drug activity at this residence.  During the warrant agents seized 26 bags of crack cocaine weighing approximately 5.6 grams packaged for sale, an additional 5.4 grams of crack cocaine, 39 grams of powder cocaine, a digital scale, and drug paraphernalia.  The estimated street value of the drugs seized was $5,000.  Boxley was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center and charged with Unlawful Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver within 1000’ feet of a Church-a Class X Felony.  His bond appearance is pending.   

 

On February 21, 2012 at approximately 6:31 p.m., KAMEG arrested Larry L. Miles, age 26 of 498 N. Cottage Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois and Cornell Ward, III, age 23, of 481 N. Cottage Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  Ward delivered four bags of crack cocaine during an investigation near the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Williams Street in Kankakee.  Miles, who was in the company of Ward, was found to be in possession of six bags of cannabis weighing 9.3 grams.  Both were transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  Miles was charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis.  Ward was charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Senior Assisted Living Facility and a Kankakee County Arrest Warrant for Driving While License Suspended.  Miles posted bond and was released.  Ward’s bond was set at $78,000.

 

On February 21, 2012 at approximately 9:52 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Lacteci D. Porch, age 19, of 1470 S. 3rd Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Church.  During a drug investigation, Porch delivered ½ gram of crack cocaine in the 500 block of South Washington Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  Porch was transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center where his bond was set at $100,000.  

 

On February 16, 2012 at 7:07 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Elijah J. Scroggins, age 23, of 550 S. Nelson Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois and Jorge Naranjo, age 18, of 1718 E. Eagle Street, Kankakee, Illinois.  Both were arrested in the 1200 block of North Kennedy Drive, Kankakee, Illinois.  During a yea-long investigation, KAMEG purchased just under a quarter of a kilogram of cocaine with an estimated street value of $21,000 from Scroggins during four separate drug purchases of cocaine ranging from an ounce to 4.5 ounces of cocaine.  Scroggins was charged with 3 counts of Delivery of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School and Delivery of Cocaine- all Class X Felonies with penalties ranging from 6-40 years incarceration in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  During the investigation, Naranjo was found to be in possession of 5.4 grams of cannabis.  Scroggins was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention where his bond was set at $300,000.  Naranjo was also detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he posted a $1,000 bond.  Additional arrests are planned.  KAMEG received assistance from the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.  The National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) reports that nationally the cost of drug-related crimes is estimated at $61 billion and more than $120 billion per year in lost productivity.  According to Director Jamal Simington, “This arrest of a significant drug supplier is an example of KAMEG’s mission to concentrate our efforts on identifying and arresting those offenders who have a negative impact on quality of life issues in our communities.” 

 

On February 3, 2012, KAMEG arrested Wesley V. Norrgran, age 39, of 4964 River Road, Kankakee, Illinois. The arrest took place at approximately 8:36 p.m. at 800 N. Kinzie Avenue, Bradley, Illinois. During an investigation, Norrgran delivered 20 pills of ecstasy and was found to be in possession of three additional ecstasy pills and drug paraphernalia.  Norrgran was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, a Class X Felony and Class 3 Felony, respectively.  Norrgran was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention where he posted a $20,000 bond.

 

On February 6, 2012, at 3:07 p.m. Quashi D. Whitlow, age 30, of 989 Gettysburg Drive, Apartment #4, Bourbonnais, Illinois was arrested by KAMEG for Delivery of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School.  Whitlow delivered approximately 2.2 grams of crack cocaine during a drug investigation in the parking lot of 460 John Casey Drive, Bourbonnais.  Whitlow was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held on a bond of $150,000 bond.

 

On January 30, 2012, KAMEG arrested Robert Green, III, age 49, for Delivery of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School.  The arrest took place at approximately 9:33 p.m. in the 700 block of N. Evergreen Avenue in Kankakee, Illinois.  Green delivered 1.1 grams of crack cocaine during an investigation.  Green resides at 197 N. Cottage Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  He was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention where he is in custody on a $150,000 bond.

On January 31, 2012, at 8:05 p.m. Eli L. Jackson, age 29, of 1489 E. River Street, Kankakee, Illinois was arrested by KAMEG for Delivery of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Church and Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a Church.  Jackson delivered approximately 1 gram of crack cocaine during an investigation and after his arrest he was found to be in possession of a plastic baggie containing 2.7 grams of crack cocaine.  Jackson was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held without a bond for violating his Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Parole for a previous drug offense.  Refer to this link for more (IDOC) information:  http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/search/inms_print.asp?idoc=R70823

On January 23, 2012, KAMEG agents arrested Roger Jackson, age 21, of 314 S. Evergreen Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and a Stolen Firearm by a Felon, and Possession of a Weapon without a Requisite Firearm Owners’ Identification Card (FOID).  Jackson was arrested at approximately 5:33 p.m. at his residence after he was found hiding in a closet next to a loaded semi-automatic handgun during the execution of a drug search warrant.  The weapon had been reported stolen to the Kankakee Police Department.  Jackson, who was also wanted by the Jackson County (IL) Sheriff’s Department for Theft, was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center on a $30,500 bond. 

On January 26, 2012, KAMEG executed a drug search warrant at 363 W. Station Street, Kankakee, Illinois.  During the warrant agents arrested Marlan L. Johnson, age 22, of 955 E. Birch St., Kankakee, Illinois.  During the warrant agents encountered Johnson in the residence where he resisted arrest and injured two officers.  Johnson was found to be in possession of a shoulder holstered, loaded, and stolen semi-automatic handgun.  Johnson was arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Weapon,  Possession of a Weapon without a Requisite Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID), Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer (2 counts), and Resisting Arrest/Obstructing a Police Officer.  The agents visited a local hospital and were treated and released.  It was determined that the weapon was reported stolen to the Kankakee Police Department on January 12, 2012.  Johnson was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center pending a bond hearing. 

 

On January 3, 2012, at approximately 3:30 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at the Convenient Store located at 585 Briarcliff Lane, Bourbonnais, Illinois.  This occurred following a report from a concerned citizen that employees at the establishment were distributing synthetic cannabis.  The sells of this banned substance were verified during an investigation which subsequently led to the acquisition of a search warrant.  During the search, KAMEG seized fifty-six packages of suspected synthetic cannabis with a combined approximate weight of 156 grams.  Anilkumar M. Patel, age 41 and Gitabahen A. Patel, age 42, of 450 Plum Creek Court, Bourbonnais, Illinois were arrested and charged with Calculated Criminal Drug Conspiracy and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver.  Gitabahen was also charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance.  According to KAMEG Director Jamal Simington, “This synthetic version of cannabis is a Scheduled I Controlled Substance in Illinois and has led to an increasing number of poison control complaints in this state. Legislators and members of the law enforcement community have taken action to prevent the distribution of this product. This investigation is an example of KAMEG’s endeavor to address this issue.”  KAMEG worked this cooperative investigation with the Bourbonnais Police Department and the Kankakee State’s Attorney’s Office.  The Patels were incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where their bonds were set at $100,000.  Director Simington encourages the public to visit www.kameg.org  or call 815-933-1710 to report any illegal sales of synthetic cannabis or any other illegal drugs.  “The public’s assistance is always welcomed to address these public safety issues.”

 

On December 26, 2011, at approximately 7:34 p.m., KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at 2298 W. Hickory Street, Kankakee, Illinois.  During the investigation, agents seized 161 grams of cannabis, over a gram of cocaine, and a small amount of heroin.  Andrew B. Henry, age 29, of that residence was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, 30-500 grams and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.  He was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On December 31, 2011, at approximately 10:19 p.m., agents arrested Dayna M. Crawford, age 17, of 841 S. 6th Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  Crawford was a passenger of a vehicle which was stopped for a seatbelt violation.  During a consensual search agents seized two Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) pills and a glass smoking pipe.  Crawford was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia.  He was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

 

On December 20, 2011, at approximately 7:00 p.m., KAMEG agents attempted to speak with an individual who was involved in suspicious activity in the 1000 E. block of Eagle Street, Kankakee, Illinois.  As they approached the subject, he attempted to run from the agents.  The individual, Tyray J. Brown, age 19, of 705 S. Myrtle Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois was subsequently apprehended.  During the arrest, agents found a loaded semi-automatic handgun which had an obliterated serial number.  Brown was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, No Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer, and Defacing Identification Marks of a Firearm.  He was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On December 18, 2011, KAMEG agents conducted a search warrant at the home of Brandell Coleman, age 38, of 1350 E. Chestnut St., Kankakee, Illinois.  During a search agents seized seven bags of crack cocaine weighing 4 grams, a small amount of cannabis, and an array of drug paraphernalia.  Coleman was arrested and charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a School.  He was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

On December 12, 2011, at approximately 7:20 p.m., Monique R. Taylor, age 22, of 281 E. Birch St., Kankakee, Illinois delivered 1.2 grams of crack cocaine during a drug investigation.  The delivery took place in the 700 block of West Park Drive, Kankakee, Illinois.  Taylor was arrested by KAMEG agents and charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of Public Housing.  She was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center and her bond is $100,000. 

On November 27, 2011, at approximately 1:30 a.m., the Bradley Police Department and KAMEG conducted a joint investigation at 135 North Kinzie Avenue, Bradley, Illinois after receiving a complaint about illicit drug sales.  During this investigation, Santos A. Salgado, age 26, of 1235 E. Maple Street, Kankakee, Illinois was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver.  Salgado solicited a bar patron and attempted to sell him cocaine and cannabis.  KAMEG agents subsequently found Salgado in possession of 24 grams of cannabis packaged for sale.  He was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. 

On November 27, 2011, at approximately 11:51 p.m., KAMEG executed a search warrant at 445 N. Washington Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  During this drug investigation agents seized 5.75 ounces of cocaine, 247 grams of cannabis, a loaded semi-automatic handgun, ammunition, and an array of drug paraphernalia.  The resident, Donato Cruz Perez, a male, age 31, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a Park, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, 30-500 grams, and No Valid Firearm Owners Identification Card-Ineligible.  In addition, Mayra L. Perez, age 24, also of that address was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and a Kankakee County Arrest Warrant for Battery.  She was found in possession of a half gram of cocaine.  The drugs had an estimated street value of $9,000.  Both were detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.  KAMEG was assisted by the Kankakee Police Department.

On November 23, 2011, at approximately 10:40 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Demetrius D. Bostic, age 29, of 1580 Girard Avenue, Bourbonnais, Illinois.  Bostic was arrested in the 300 block of South Schuyler Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois for Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Church and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.  Bostic delivered 17 ecstasy pills during this drug investigation.  Following his arrest, agents found an additional 12 ecstasy pills and 8 bags of crack cocaine.  Bostic was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where his bond was set at $150,000.

On November 18, 2011, at approximately 6:26 p.m., a Kankakee Police Department patrol officer noticed suspicious activity at a vehicle parked in the 500 block of South Chicago Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  While interviewing two subjects, he learned the driver of the vehicle, Jammy J. Brown, age 32, of 530 S. Chicago Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois had a revoked driver’s license.  KAMEG agents arrived to assist and detected an odor of illegal drugs in the vehicle.  As a result of a subsequent search, officers located 65 bags of high-grade cannabis packaged for distribution which had a total weight of 454 grams, with an estimated street value of $6,000.  Brown was arrested and charged with Possession of Cannabis With the Intent to Deliver, 30-500 grams.  He was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he is being held on a $75,000 bond.  According to Kankakee Police Chief Larry Regnier, “I am proud of the officer’s hard work and diligence in drug enforcement.”  This was a joint investigation between KAMEG and the Kankakee Police Department.  

 On November 20, 2011, while proactive gang enforcement strategies in the 200 block of South Orchard Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois agents noticed a bicyclist, Marquise J. Smith, age 18, engaged in suspicious activity as officers approached him.  Smith attempted to flee from officers.  Smith was later stopped in the 200 block of South Warren Avenue where they observed a loaded Smith & Wesson .32 caliber handgun protruding from Smith’s jacket pocket.  Smith was identified as a member of the Latin King Street Gang.  He was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Known Gang Member and No Valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.  Smith resides at 12970 Trinity Lane, Hopkins Park, Illinois.   He was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center where he was detained on a $20,000 bond. 

On November 17, 2011, at approximately 3:26 p.m., KAMEG executed a search warrant at 385 Tedmark Court, Kankakee, Illinois following a two month investigation into the distribution of heroin.  Agents seized six (6) bags of heroin packaged for sale.  As a result of the investigation, Quantel G. Riley, age 33 and Nacahya A. Jones, age 34 of that address were arrested.  Riley was charged with four counts of Delivery of Heroin which all occurred within 1000 feet of a church, park, and school and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.  As a result of the investigation, the Illinois Department of Corrections issued an arrest warrant for Riley for violating the terms of his parole.  He is being detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center with no bond.  Jones, Riley’s co-conspirator, was charged with Delivery of Heroin within 1000 feet of a Church and was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center pending a bond hearing.  

 

On November 12, 2011, at approximately 10:18 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Delaney Martez Johnson, age 22, of 503 N. Cottage Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  During a drug investigation, Johnson delivered 1.7 grams of suspected crack cocaine near the 400 Block of S. Schuyler Avenue in Bradley, Illinois.  He was charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Park.  Johnson was incarcerated at the Jerome Combs Detention Center (JCDC).

 

On November 3, 2011, at approximately 9:40 p.m., KAMEG executed a search warrant at 1046 N. Chicago Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  During a subsequent search, agents seized 3 baggies of crack cocaine, 1.3 grams of cannabis, and drug weighing equipment and paraphernalia.  As a result, the resident, Kijafi A. Mobley, age 28, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of Public Housing.  He was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center (JCDC).   

On November 4, 2011 at approximately 10:20 p.m., KAMEG arrested Contessa Lisa Riley, age 35, of 168 S. Chicago Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  Riley delivered four bags of crack cocaine during a drug investigation near River Street and Chicago Avenue in Kankakee.  While arresting her, agents located an additional four bags of crack cocaine.  Riley was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a Church, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a Church and an IDOC parole violation warrant as a result of this investigation.  She was detained at the JCDC.

On November 5, 2011 at approximately 1:50 a.m., KAMEG agents observed suspicious activity taking place in a vehicle parked behind a business in the 500 block of South Washington Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois.  During the investigation, agents found Lisa S. Whitwell, age 49, of 416 Kristina Drive, Bourbonnais, Illinois in possession of a bag of cocaine.  In addition, agents located an additional amount of cocaine residue in the vehicle.  Agents arrested Whitwell for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, within 1000 feet of a Church and Ross R. McKnight, age 40, also of 416 Kristina Drive, Bourbonnais for Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Both were incarcerated at the JCDC.

On October 25, 2011, at approximately 12:24 p.m., KAMEG agents observed Kevin L. Murray, age 24, of 144 S. May Avenue, Kankakee, Illinois at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and Rosewood Street, Kankakee, Illinois.  While conducting a proactive enforcement detail, agents observed him drop a bag on the ground which was later determined to contain 12 packets of heroin.  Murray was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a Church.  As a result of this investigation, the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) issued a parole violation warrant and he was detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center (JCDC).   

On October 25, 2011 at approximately 5:02 p.m., KAMEG executed a search warrant at the home of Davet M. Moore, age 30, located at 575 E. Oak Street, Apartment #7, Kankakee, Illinois.  During a search agents located 19 bags of heroin which weighed approximately 2.5 grams.  Moore was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a Church and an IDOC parole violation warrant.  He was detained at the JCDC.

On October 25, 2011 at approximately 10:17 p.m., KAMEG agents served a search warrant at the residence of Ron R. Saxon, Jr., age 29, of 212 Crestlane Drive, Apartment 305, Kankakee, Illinois.  During a search agents located approximately 2 ounces of cannabis.  Saxon was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Deliver, 30-500 grams and an outstanding warrant for Possession of a Firearm-Expired Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID), Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Sales of a Firearm with No Valid FOID.  He was detained at the JCDC.

On October 26, 2011, KAMEG agents arrested Joshua E. Howard, age 23, of 303 Belle Aire Avenue, Bourbonnais, Illinois in the 200 block of W. Brookmont Blvd, Kankakee, Illinois for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and No FOID.  Howard was found to be armed with a loaded Bryco Arms .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun and forty-four live rounds of ammunition while agents were conducting an investigation concerning a gun offense reported by a concerned citizen.   Howard was incarcerated at the JCDC.

 

Released: October 24, 2011

140 Law Enforcement Officers Awarded with Outstanding Honors

 

East Peoria -- The Illinois Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) Directors/ Task Force (TF) Commanders Association presented its annual awards to police officers, special agents, federal prosecutors, and other law enforcement personnel who have demonstrated extraordinary skill through narcotics enforcement.

 

The Annual Awards Ceremony honored 140 federal, state, county, and local police officers assigned to MEG Units and State Police Drug Task Forces for the dangerous and professional work accomplished through hundreds of drug investigations. 

 

Hundreds of law enforcement professionals, top brass, and their families attended the awards ceremony and included opening remarks from Stateline Area Narcotics Team Task Force Commander John Biffany, and a presentation on how illegal drugs fund terrorism were made by retired Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Operations Chief Michael A. Braun. 

 

“These awards represent the finest examples of how our officers, teams, drug units, and law enforcement resources collaborate on a daily basis to ensure that communities across Illinois are safe and protected,” said Chairman Biffany. “Narcotics enforcement is dangerous work, and despite the tough economic climate and fewer law enforcement resources, these men and women continue to risk their lives to ensure our streets are free from the dangers of criminal activity,” he added.

 

Many of the enforcement initiatives are funded through federal grants, like the Byrne/JAG Funding grant. “Grants like Byrne/JAG make it possible for local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to partner resources that target gangs, guns and drugs, and our work would not be possible without the support of this continued funding,” Biffany stressed.

 

Special agents, prosecutors, police officers, and inspectors from regions and zones in DuPage County, East Central Illinois, Kankakee, Kendall County, Lake County, Southwestern Illinois, Kane County, North Central, Multi County, Quad City, Rock Island, South Central, Illinois, Southern Illinois, State Line Area, Boone County, Belvidere, Green County, Vermillion County, Danville, West Central, Adams County, Quincy, and Will County, were honored for their successes in the fight to keep communities safe and neighborhoods drug free. 

 

Some of the exceptional awards include:

 

Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group for its leadership during Operation Street Sweeper – a week long, multi-jurisdictional effort that resulted in 8 search warrants, 28,455 grams of cannabis, 18 firearms, 200 grams of cocaine, 127 arrests, and $39,887 USC.   Lake County MEG also performed an airport interdiction at Waukegan Regional Airport where agents received information about an aircraft flying from Colorado to Waukegan carrying a load of cannabis. Agents dismantled a major distribution operation and were able to locate 170 pounds of cannabis and conducted multiple search warrants which resulted in the seizure of $617,630 USC.  

 

Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group for its exceptional efforts from July 2010 through June 2011 which resulted in 325 case initiations, 284 arrests, 114 Class X Felony arrests, seizure of $346,000 in assets, 144 drug purchases, 24 seized weapons, and the Federal indictment of eight dangerous offenders.

 

Narcotics And Currency Interdiction Team for the diligent work and interdiction skills leading to the arrest of three subjects from the Gulf Cartel, the controlled delivery of 2,444 pounds of cannabis, and the seizure of $1.6 million USC and two vehicles.

  

North Central Narcotics Task Force for the exceptional case work which involved multiple undercover cocaine purchases, resulting in the arrests of nine suspects, and the seizure of $415,000 USC, three kilograms of cocaine, three vehicles, and one house.

 

Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force for the seizure of 136 kilos of cocaine, $269,000 USC, and the arrest of two individuals.

 

Southern Illinois Drug Task Force for the arrest of two individuals and the seizure of 26 firearms, 5 stolen firearms, 3 machine guns, thousands of ammunition rounds, 5 sticks of dynamite, 6 electric blasting caps, finished methamphetamine, morphine pills, processed cannabis, and outdoor cannabis grow operation worth over $65,000 USC.

 

Illinois State Police First Deputy Director Jack Garcia commended the award recipients and echoed the need to ensure that law enforcement personnel continue to get the training resources they need to counter new and emerging crime trends.

 

“Combating the pervasive influence of organized crime will require our officers to obtain the best, most up-to-date training on new technologies, surveillance techniques, analytical methods, tactical safety, pharmacology, and other international trafficking trends that are emerging into our daily fight against a sophisticated narcotics market,” said Garcia.

 

“Working undercover makes it difficult for these men and women to publically share the successes, but we have a duty to educate and inform the public when law enforcement uncovers illegal criminal and drug activity which can have a devastating impact on the quality of life for all Illinois communities,” he added.

 

Keynote speaker, Michael Braun, Retired Drug Enforcement Agency Chief of Operations, underscored the importance of aggressive drug enforcement and the need for training and intelligence sharing through Fusion Centers. Braun also noted the growing nexus between terrorism and drugs.

 

The MEGs/TFs are comprised of local, county state, and federal law enforcement officers, and the Association’s mission is to collaborate and partner on a multi-jurisdictional level on the enforcement of gangs, guns, and drug violations throughout the state of Illinois.

 

Specially-trained officers provide personnel and resources to enforce violations and to improve the quality of life for all Illinois citizens.

 

These investigations culminated in the arrest of 1,112 individuals, the confiscation of more than $6.1 million USC, the seizure of more than 184 kilos of cocaine, 2,050 kilos of cannabis, 5.1 kilos of crack cocaine, 15.1 kilos of methamphetamine, and 1.5 kilos of heroin.

 

The award recipients were also honored for dismantling 36 sophisticated marijuana grow operations, including the seizure of 10,000 cultivated marijuana plants and the seizure of over 5,000 dosages of Ecstasy, LSD, and psilocybin mushrooms.

 

Fifty-52 (52) vehicles, 4 motorcycles, 5 homes, including 14 acres of land, and 1 boat were also seized. The officers’ investigative diligence also resulted in the removal of 468 firearms and 6 sticks of dynamite with blasting caps from Illinois communities.

Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau recently applauded the efforts and hard work of the Illinois MEGs and Task Forces at the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies’ Fall Conference.