A police surveillance operation spanning six months resulted in the indictment of 18 people engaged in a large drug operation.

West Frankfort Police Chief Jeff Tharp said police began making a number of drug-related arrests Monday after months of surveillance.

Tharp said the department began to conduct covert narcotics investigations late in 2011, including controlled buys of cocaine and pharmaceuticals.

The investigations 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, according to Tharp.

Tharp said the operation is a message to drug dealers that the community is not going to tolerate criminal activity, and his department will actively pursue those engaging in illegal activity.

“If you are selling an illicit drug in this town, be prepared for us to come through your door,” said Tharp.

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.

• Catherine L. Bandy, 44, of West Frankfort, three 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.

• 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.

• Likeya M. Jordan, 32, of Herrin, two counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

• Yuvett M. McClurken, 54, of West Frankfort, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

• Jonathan R. McPherson, 32, 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.

• Don M. Murphy, 63, of West Frankfort, two counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

• Christopher L. Rollins, 28, of Stonefort, two counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

• Joseph G. Strand, 53, of Johnston City, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

• Darrell L. Taylor, 30, of West Frankfort, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

• Michael L. Tomshack, 47, of West Frankfort, one count criminal damage to property.

• Michael E. Trimble, 41, of Zeigler, one count burglary.

• Shelly Y. Watkins, 40, of West Frankfort, three counts unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

The West Frankfort Police Department was assisted with the execution of the arrest warrants Monday by 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.

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(3) comments

HMmmmsez

From my point of view, and like anyone cares anyway, butt if Frankfort's Chief of Police would have partnered with the DEA, and or FBI. It would have saved State of Illinois lots of money spent on jail an prison time. Court on the other hand. Would be in session either-way.

illsmart56

You guys at the Southern rewrite a press release like nobody's business.

just concerned

Wish that they could get the same thing going on in Marion, The Drug problem here is getting out of control!!!!!

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