18 arrested in West Frankfort after major drug surveillance op

2012-05-21T10:37:00Z 2014-03-21T15:30:18Z 18 arrested in West Frankfort after major drug surveillance opBY STEPHEN RICKERL, The Southern The Southern
May 21, 2012 10:37 am  • 

WEST FRANKFORT - The West Frankfort Police Department announced Monday officers have made a number of drug related arrests following months of surveillance of individuals in the community.

Chief Jeff Tharp said the department began to conduct covert narcotics investigations late in 2011. They were time intensive and required hours of electronic, mobile and static surveillance, background investigations, informant management, written documents, court order preparations and purchases of controlled substance, he said.

The cases were given to the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office earlier this month; 45 charges were filed and 18 arrest warrants were issued for the following individuals:

  • Isadore N. Armstrong, 54, of West Frankfort, four counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Don M. Murphy, 63, of West Frankfort, two counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Yuvett M. McClurken, 54, of West Frankfort, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Michael E. Trimble, 41, of Zeigler, one count burglary.
  • Christopher L. Rollins, 28, of Stonefort, two counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Brian E. Carle, 20, of Ewing, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Trent W. Earnheart, 26, of West Frankfort, one count unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Joseph G. Strand, 53, of Johnston City, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Likeya M. Jordan, 32, of Herrin, two counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Jonathan R. McPherson, 32, of West Frankfort, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Darrell L. Taylor, 30, of West Frankfort, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Catherine L. Bandy, 44, of West Frankfort, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Michael J. Morgan, 50, of West Frankfort, four counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Amanda R. Moore, 28, of West Frankfort, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Michael L. Tomshack, 47, of West Frankfort, one count criminal damage to property.
  • Shelly Y. Watkins, 40, of West Frankfort, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Michael J. Flodstrom, 31, of West Frankfort, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Gary D. Gunter, 30, of West Frankfort, one count unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

The West Frankfort Police Department received help rounding up suspects Monday from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the Benton, West City, Christopher, Sesser and Zeigler Police Departments, as well as the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.

The Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office and Circuit Clerk’s Office assisted police throughout the investigation.

stephen.rickerl@thesouthern.com . 618-351-5823

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  1. Derrick
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    Derrick - May 29, 2012 7:24 pm
    wasteoftaxdollars: "So what if people get addicted..." well then they B&E your home and commit armed robbery to fuel their habit. Yes, it's leads to violent crime. Most nonviolent offenders never go to prison and only after years of repeat offenses do they even manage to get some time on the local county jail. You should say, make it legal and regulated so we can pay for it with our tax dollars by having Medicaid pay for it. Please do a little research and spend some time learning about these things before forming an opinion based on speculation. I've been dealing with these criminal losers for 20+ years.
  2. faust67
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    faust67 - May 23, 2012 1:23 am
    You guys slay me. The 1st person listed, the last name was A, then it was M, M, T.... I didnt go any further and assumed the southern would list the names like they do obituaries.

    My mistake for assuming thesouthern would do things by the book. i.e. fact checking, follow up reorts, listing names by alphebetical order vs appearing to be the biased rag that it trulely is. I stand corrected, thanks ocelot.
  3. HMmmmsez
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    HMmmmsez - May 22, 2012 6:27 pm
    Frankfort's Chief of Police probably should have enlisted the DEA and or the FBI so this latest bunch in an awful long line of bunches would end up costing the feds instead of his putting more financial drain an strain on our already over crowded prison system Quin wants to downsize?.
  4. HMmmmsez
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    HMmmmsez - May 22, 2012 6:20 pm
    wrong o old joe...most of these be users who are deemed losers who will all have court appointed public defenders your tax dollars may or may not have help foot the bill
  5. wasteoftaxdollars
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    wasteoftaxdollars - May 22, 2012 4:48 pm
    well we all seen what happend with prohibition, nothing but high crime and violence, thats what happens with you make something illegal that people want. I say let them have it, the government could be making money instead of wasting our tax dollars. So what if people get addicted, there are all kinds of people addicted to many things that are not so great for you but they are legal becuase the gov, makes money and they know people will revolt if you take it away from them. The gov does not seem to understand that there would not be nearly the crime, if it was legal. It would be regulated of course and much cheaper, so people would'nt be stealing and robbing to get what they want. They should try it for awhile and see the difference it would make. Most drugs users are non violent people anyway, most are functional, work when jobs are available, and are invloved in the community you would be very surprised the amount of people who use that are officials, coaches, teachers, doctors, and so on. The ones that dont work or not involved are still somewhat ok people, 98% are definetly non violent and should not have their lives messed up even more by being in prison or jail, and costing taxpayers and the state millions if not billions of dollars every year. non viloent people should be on house arrest, strict probation, comunity service, anything but jail or prison. Those places are not going to cure or change the ones set in their ways, it only make them worse, especially the ones with true mental illness, they do not get their proper medications that they truly do need to stay mentally stable. Putting mentally unstable people in jail or prison is the worst thing you can do, and it only makes there conditions worse than what it was. I could go on and on, but right now I have to go do some work. Lets save some taxs dollars and get this country out of debt, leave the non violent offenders out of jail, make the stuff they want legal and regulated, then watch the crime drop like a ton of bricks. I would put every cent of my money and property values, on the table in confidence that the crime would drop almost overnight. It worked in Switzerland so I'm sure it could work in the messed up country, do some research on Switzerland and the succes they have had legalizing things, it will surprise you and make you think very differently about our screwed up bass ackward system! Have a good day everyone!
  6. Ocelot
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    Ocelot - May 22, 2012 2:56 pm
    What alphabet are you using, faust? It sure isn't alphabetical according to the one I use, genius.
  7. faust67
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    faust67 - May 22, 2012 1:21 pm
    its alphabetical. Genius... Did anyone read the article? informant management is the key phrase. This means the main people are still out there doing drugs. The police "allow" certain people to maintain under the radar. Out of the 15 involved in the drugs, I'd like to know who the true rat is. How do they get the stuff so easy? I damn near break my neck for prescription aspirin, let alone anything else...
  8. Shelia122967
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    Shelia122967 - May 22, 2012 4:11 am
    Really Ocelot - why does it always have to be a race thing?? With 18 drug dealers off the streets and all you can do it cry because the first listed was a black man - if that was the case why wasn't the black woman listed behind him???
  9. Ocelot
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    Ocelot - May 21, 2012 3:16 pm
    Interesting that only one of the people charged was a black male yet the Southern chose to feature him as the mugshot on its homepage. Old habits die hard I guess.
  10. Blast
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    Blast - May 21, 2012 3:08 pm
    Congrats to the law enforcement Officers for all the hard work to round up these scumbags! This is the exact collection of people that give us that live/work here a bad name....
  11. OLD JOE
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    OLD JOE - May 21, 2012 1:49 pm
    From the wheeling and dealing I hope these drug offenders saved up lots of lawyer money. A person may make a dollar today from dealing drugs, but when they get caught, it will cost them a lot more than what they made.
  12. falltonlargo
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    falltonlargo - May 21, 2012 12:09 pm
    I couldn't be happier about this, this is something that has needed to be done for a long time. West Frankfort used to be a place of no trouble but these days you are afraid in your home, car or street. And with all the problems with these nuts in our schools and our Jr. High here is one of the worst for drugs and bullying. My niece refuses to go back to W.F. school system do to this. Thank you so much to our Law enforcement and DEA. Keep up the good work and please check into our schools as well as all the others yous are following. Bless yous so very much!
  13. mainman
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    mainman - May 21, 2012 11:17 am
    Our law enforcement Local to the feds is doing a great job & more than most give them credit for !

    God bless our men and women in blue !!

    Thank you HEROES !!!
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