Sheriff’s Deputies Deliver Alleged Crack Cocaine Ringleader to DeKalb County Jail
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 @ 5:04PM
Daily Chronicle Article (www.daily-chronicle.com)
Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST
By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI- firstname.lastname@example.org
A 32-year-old Chicago man police sought for five months for his alleged role in a DeKalb County crack cocaine ring was arrested Wednesday, a day after authorities arrested 12 other people accused of street-level drug dealing and other crimes.
Terry M. Griffin had eluded authorities since May, when charges were filed against 15 people allegedly involved in dealing crack cocaine in the area. Griffin ran the operation with two others running drugs from Chicago to DeKalb County, where they met with users and low-level dealers, police said.
Griffin was arrested without incident about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near West 87th and South Peoria streets on Chicago’s south side, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies brought Griffin to the DeKalb County Jail, where he was held on $1 million bond. Griffin was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and criminal drug conspiracy-delivery.
One of the men arrested in Tuesday’s warrant sweep also was convicted on charges in connection with Griffin’s crack-cocaine ring.
Christopher Riggs, 37, of DeKalb, is on probation for possession of a controlled substance, a charge he pleaded guilty to in June after serving jail time, court records show. Riggs was arrested Tuesday on a charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance near a senior facility, DeKalb police said.
Also arrested Tuesday on a charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance were: Samuel U. Jones, 39, of DeKalb; Christian M. Elliott, 19, of DeKalb; Zachary J. Dion, 27, of Sycamore; Kevin L. Hunter, 22, of DeKalb; Joseph R. Hannon, 18, of DeKalb and Bryan M. Wiersma, 20, of DeKalb.
Kevin C. Florczak, 20, of Westmont was charged with unlawful possession of controlled substance.
Charged with aggravated battery and mob action were: Joshua J. Silva, 20, of DeKalb and Andres Mendez, 19, of DeKalb. A DeKalb boy was arrested on a charges of aggravated battery and mob action.
Hugo G. Lazaro, 17, DeKalb, was charged with felony criminal damage to property.
The arrests were not connected with a single investigation, police said.
These people still were wanted Wednesday on the following charges, DeKalb police said:
- Brandon J. Valentine, 23, of Chicago, accused of unlawful delivery of controlled substance near a park.
- Nathaniel O. Reynolds, 26, of Maywood, accused of unlawful delivery of controlled substance near a school.
- Kyndal C. Meeks, 21, of Aurora, accused of unlawful delivery of controlled substance near a park.
- Jordan C. Hopkins, 20, of Sycamore, accused of unlawful delivery of controlled substance near a park.
- Preston M. Williams, 27, of DeKalb, accused of unlawful delivery of controlled substance near a park.
- Neil T. Mackey, 36, of DeKalb, accused of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
- Jaclyn M. Myers, 32, of DeKalb, accused of possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card.