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Crime & Courts

Police arrest 2 connected to drug investigation

DeKALB – Two men who were charged in connection with a DeKalb police drug investigation had their bond set Friday.

Deandre M. Eiland, 27, of the 700 block of Russell Road, DeKalb, had his bond set at $110,000. The bond for James R. Sheneman, 27, of the 700 block of Sunnemeade Trail, DeKalb, is $50,000. Both remained jailed Friday unable to post 10 percent of their bond.

Both men were arrested Thursday as part of the drug investigation. A total of 15 people are facing charges such as unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, which in some cases was cocaine.

The other men arrested were Lamonte J. Johnson, 43, of Sycamore; Divante D. Taylor, 19, of DeKalb; Adrian O. Chaney, 30, DeKalb; Christopher D. Sargent, 27, DeKalb; and Eduardo Almanza, 24, of Sycamore.

Police used confidential informants who have bought drugs in the past from the defendants to help set up drug purchases, said DeKalb police detective Lt. Bob Redel.

"We get a ton of intelligence," Redel said. "We constantly get information on so-and-so is selling drugs."

The investigations took place from 2013 to early this year, said DeKalb police Sgt. Steve Lekkas.

Eight people remain at large: Darin A. Bair, 20, of Chicago; Cardiey E. Weaver, 21, of Chicago; Laird O. Bowers, 29, of Chicago; Darryl D. Dandridge, 31, of Chicago; Christina N. Evans, 34, of Chicago; Roger C. Riley, 30, of Merrionette Park; Antuann D. Stewart, 19, of Chicago; and Brittany N. Grubbs, 19, of Stoughton, Wisconsin.

Eiland is accused of delivering less than a gram of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school Sept. 27. Officers went to arrest him about 11:40 a.m. Thursday, and after Eiland allowed police to search his apartment in the 800 block of Crane Drive in DeKalb, they also found cocaine residue on a razor blade along with two small bags of marijuana, a pipe and two scales, according to court records.

Eiland is charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within a 1,000 feet of a school, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespass to land. If convicted of the most serious charge, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within a 1,000 feet of a school, he would face between four and 15 years in prison. Probation would not be an option. He is next due in court Thursday.

Sheneman is accused of delivering less than a gram of heroin within 1,000 feet of a park July 19. He would also face between four and 15 years in prison if convicted of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park. Probation would not be an option.

Prosecutors said Sheneman's new charges will not affect his drug court situation.

Sargent, another participant in the drug court program, will have a hearing June 6 on his status in the program.

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