DeKALB – DeKalb police spent about three months targeting cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy before arresting seven suspected dealers this week, DeKalb police Sgt. Steve Lekkas said.
Dubbed “Operation Surprise!”, the operation was designed to reduce drug crimes in DeKalb, but Lekkas said efforts will continue. Use of a powdered form of ecstasy known as “molly,” and heroin appears to be increasing in the area, he said.
“We just tried to put together the best investigative strategy we could to make these arrests,” Lekkas said.
The seven people police arrested Tuesday on a charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance are: Christopher K. Riggs, 37, 1400 block of Holmes Drive, DeKalb; Samuel U. Jones, 39, 900 block of Grove Street, DeKalb; Christian M. Elliott, 19, 300 block of 68th Street, Malta; Zachary J. Dion, 27, 700 block of DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore; Kevin L. Hunter, 22, 300 block of Ash Court, DeKalb; Joseph R. Hannon, 18, 19000 block of Hahn Drive, DeKalb and Bryan M. Wiersma, 20, 1300 block of Eco Park Drive, DeKalb.
Arrest warrants on charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance have been issued for five other individuals as part of the sweep. They are: Brandon J. Valentine, 23, Chicago; Nathaniel O. Reynolds, 26, Maywood; Kyndal C. Meeks, 21, Aurora; Jordan C. Hopkins, 20, Sycamore; and Preston M. Williams, 27, DeKalb.
Lekkas said his department is working with the U.S. Marshal’s Service to make those arrests.
“They may be gone for now, but they’ll turn up and we’ll get them,” he said.