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Crime & Courts

Two women face charges after drug bust in Sycamore

SYCAMORE – A Sycamore woman faces drug charges after police say the U.S. Postal Service intercepted packages containing marijuana that were mailed to her home, according to a news release sent Friday from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

Katherine C. Odegard, 34, of the 2400 block of Meadow Creek Drive, is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Carls said a tip from the postal service about packages containing drugs they had intercepted allowed police to get a search warrant. When police arrived at the house not long after the packages were delivered Friday afternoon, they searched the home and uncovered both cocaine and marijuana, police said. More than a quarter-pound of marijuana and 8 grams of cocaine field-tested positive, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan said.

Carls said that people living at the house, a three-bedroom ranch with a full basement, already were the subject of an identity theft investigation. Another woman who was at the house Friday when police arrived, Arielle Topps, 25, of the 700 block of East Benton Street, Aurora, was wanted by Naperville police on forgery charges, the news release said. She also was arrested.

Sycamore Police Cmdr. Mike Anderson said officers seized property, mostly tools and household equipment, in connection with the identity theft investigation, and the next step is contacting victims, who live across the country.

“That’s the issue with identity theft,” he said. “Now we have to track down the victims involved.”

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