A dozen people arrested in DeKalb drug sweep
DeKALB – DeKalb Police announced the arrests of 12 people Thursday in a major drug operation.
The arrests came at the culmination of a five-month investigation into the DeKalb drug market, according to DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler. Police from seven agencies executed search warrants at three residences – 520 Grove St., 418 W. Hillcrest Drive and 822 1/2 N. 13th St. – simultaneously about 6 a.m.
Bond amounts for those arrested Thursday range from $1,500 to $250,000. Those arrested were charged with various felony and misdemeanor offenses for possessing, selling or delivering various drugs, including cocaine, hydrocodone or marijuana. One person arrested in the sweep is a juvenile charged with misdemeanor delivery of marijuana.
"Over the five months, we conducted controlled buys with many of these individuals," Spangler said. "This is the largest narcotics operation here I can remember, as far as the number of people arrested in one operation."
The majority of the 12 people arrested are known gang members, Spangler said. Police also have warrants for three people not arrested in Thursday's sweep and are continuing to look for Tony Henderson, 27, Michael Maiden, 33, and Gregory Young, 24. Police did not disclose Thursday the charges they are wanted on.
Some of those arrested are loosely connected, Spangler said, but the 12 were not a part of a single large drug operation. An additional three people were arrested during the sweep on outstanding warrants.
Police conducted drug buys from August through December at locations around DeKalb, according to court records. Some of those arrested face enhanced charges for allegedly selling drugs within 1,000 feet of churches, schools and parks, including Huntley Middle School, Camelot School, Northern Illinois University, Christ Community Church, the Church of the Nazarene, Hallgren Park and Hopkins Park.
Additional charges are pending, both against some of those arrested and against other people not yet charged, Spangler said. DeKalb County Assistant State's Attorney Phil Montgomery said new charges may be filed as early as today.
Spangler said "a considerable amount" of drugs and cash were seized, but was unable Thursday to give exact amounts because police were still tallying up what was seized. A stolen rifle was also seized from one of the addresses.
Among those arrested in the operation were:
• Felix Rodriguez, 33, of DeKalb
• Jimmy Rabelo, 29, of DeKalb;
• Dean Hadley, 20, of DeKalb
• Corey Harness, 19, of DeKalb
• William Kirkman, 19, of Sycamore
• Kyle Knight, 31, of DeKalb
• Fernando Avila, 20, of DeKalb
• Matt Jordan, 25, of DeKalb
• Laird Bowers, 26, of DeKalb
• Gabriel Galindo, 32, of DeKalb
• Deborah Garriott, 51, of DeKalb
• Scott Brantner, 18, of DeKalb
• Rachel Craft, 28, of DeKalb
• Shane Weber, 27, of DeKalb
Additional arrests and charges are pending, Spangler said.
DeKalb Police were assisted in the bust by Illinois State Police Narcotics Task Force, Illinois State Police SWAT Team, U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Unit, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Northern Illinois University Police Department and Sycamore Police Department.