Authorities Arrest 18 in Macoupin and Montgomery County Drug Sweep

Law enforcement officials arrested 18 individuals on various drug charges early Tuesday morning, May 3, in Macoupin and Montgomery, according to the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force (SCIDTF).

SCIDTF agents were assisted in serving the arrest warrants by personnel from the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department, Gillespie Police Department, Staunton Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and Litchfield Police Department.  The arrest warrants were issued after an ongoing investigation of approximately one year by SCIDTF.  The Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, and Litchfield Police Department have full-time representatives assigned to SCIDTF.

Arrest warrants have been issued for an additional 10 suspects in connection with the investigation.  Those arrested and the charges against them are as follows:

John Vargo, Gillespie, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
Alexander Brown, Gillespie, delivery of a controlled substance.
Todd LaRoche, Benld, delivery of a controlled substance.
Sharon Rife, Wilsonville, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
Jacob Potter, Staunton, two counts of delivery of cannabis.
John Morey, Bunker Hill, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
Robert Hicks, Bunker Hill, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.                                                                                                    
Bradley Wolff, Gillespie, delivery of a controlled substance.
Matt Butler, Litchfield, delivery of cannabis.
Kevin Jett, Litchfield, delivery of a controlled substance.
William Anglin, Litchfield, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 of a school.
Travis Birkenkamp, Litchfield, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church.
George Foster, Litchfield, two counts of delivery of cannabis.
Jennifer Bradburn, Litchfield, delivery of cannabis and delivery of a controlled substance.
Andrea Shreeve, Hillsboro, delivery of a controlled substance.
Dagen Trailor, Hillsboro, two counts of delivery of cannabis.
Bill Shroedel, Nokomis, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.
Misty Grimes, Fillmore, possession of a controlled substance.

 

The 10 suspects who have not been arrested have a combined total of nine counts of delivery of cannabis and six counts of delivery of controlled substance.

South Central Illinois Drug Task Force, along with county and local law enforcement officials, are focused on combatting illegal drugs in local communities.  Any information the public might have to help the law enforcement in the “war on drugs” are encouraged to call the Macoupin/Montgomery Chapter of CrimeStoppers or the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force at 1 (800) 500-6742.  Names of informants will be held in confidence.

102 Illinois Route 16
Litchfield, Illinois 62056-1574
(217) 324-6734 or 324-6742
Toll Free: 1-800-500-6742

Written and Contributed by David Ambrose and The South County News

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