BREAKING: Crystal meth bust in Hamilton County involves illegal (?) filth
HAMILTON CO.---Following up on the breaking news from last night, Hamilton County Sheriff Greg Brenner has issued the following press release:
Three individuals from the Chicago area, Joseph A. Gloria Jr., 43, Juan Manuel Morales, 40, and Arnee E Demonte, 42, were arrested Nov. 30, 2010, after delivering a large quantity (in excess of one pound) of high quality crystal methamphetamine to an individual in the McLeansboro area. Gloria and Demonte were arrested at a residence in McLeansboro and Morales was later arrested at a motel in Mt. Vernon (Ill.)
These arrests are the results of an extensive investigation occurring over the past six month period of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine distribution in Hamilton and surrounding counties in which undercover narcotics agents have intercepted deliveries of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine being made to different individuals on several occasions during the course of the investigation.
The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, The Hamilton County Sheriff Department, Illinois State Police, US Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Attorney’s Office, and the Hamilton County States Attorney’s Office. Assistance during the arrests was provided by the McLeansboro Police Department and the Mt. Vernon Police Department.
Charges are pending in Hamilton County Circuit Court against Gloria, Morales and Demonte with possible Federal charges in the Southern District also pending against all three.
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Disclosure received word earlier last evening (Nov. 30) of what was reportedly a massive crystal meth lab bust occurring in Hamilton County; the initial reports of a lab were incorrect, but the crystal meth, evidently, was right
We also received word from official sources that this delivery is tied directly to the Latin Kings dope-running (and other assorted felonies) gang.
As we understand it, the Latin Kings had, for awhile, been sending their rejects down from out of Cook County and into the hinterlands of southern Illinois, eg, Carlos Kamber, the pot-grower who was caught by the feds in Hardin County (Elizabethtown) last year and has recently taken a plea in U.S. District Court.
However, we've been hearing that a lot of drug activity in and around Hamilton County---and this could include adjacent counties such as Wayne, Jefferson, Franklin and Saline---have been tied in to local illegals and the notorious gang, who have been gaining a foothold in the dope trade downstate.
Regular readers will recall that rural Hamilton County (Dolan Lake) was the site of a massive pot growing and drying operation back in September when the Raymond Martin trial was going on in Benton.
We don't know if these losers are tied in with that same bunch or not...but if anyone in Hamilton or Wayne counties are missing their low-wage employees this morning (you know, like Dairy Queen, Frey Produce, Mr. Vaughan and his terbakky fields, or any other farmer in the area), this might be why.
We'll have more in the print version, on stands Dec. 15
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