News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 20, 2012

Operation Blue Horse Leads to Additional Federal Charges for
Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin

July 20 (Peoria, Ill.) – A Peoria, Illinois man was arrested yesterday and charged in federal court today with conspiracy to distribute heroin. Earlier this week, a grand jury returned the single-count indictment charging that from June 2011 to June 2012, Lamar Burton, 51, and Shirley Williams, 53, also of Peoria conspired to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.

The charges, announced today by Jack Riley, Special Agent in Charge of Chicago Field Division, of the Drug Enforcement Administration and James A. Lewis, United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois are the result of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation known as “Operation Blue Horse.”

Agencies participating in this investigation include the DEA’s, Springfield Office; Peoria Police Department; Peoria County Sheriff’s Office; Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois. The government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tate Chambers.
If convicted, the statutory penalty is five to forty years in prison. If a defendant has one or more prior felony drug convictions, the penalty is ten years to life in prison.

Eight other defendants have been charged in connection with this investigation:

Gene Alexander, 65, and Nancy E. Alexander, 54, have each pled guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Their sentencing is scheduled for November 2 and November 30, respectively.

Elsandor Miller, 26, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. His next court hearing is scheduled for July 25.

Ishame Lakes, 42, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. His trial date is scheduled for October 1, 2012.

Darnell Moore II, 26, is charged with possession of more than 28 grams of crack cocaine and cocaine with intent to distribute. His trial date is scheduled for September 10, 2012.

Gregory Sanford, 30, of Peoria, and Ricky Jackson, 39, of Chicago, are charged with possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute. Their trial date is scheduled for September 10, 2012.

Larry Watts, 22, of Bartonville is charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The report regarding his court-ordered evaluation is due October 9, 2012.

If convicted of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, the statutory penalty is up to 20 years in prison; if a defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, the penalty is up to 30 years in prison.

The penalty for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime is a mandatory five years in prison to be served consecutively with any other prison term for the underlying drug trafficking offense; for a felon in possession of a firearm, the penalty is up to 10 years in prison.

If convicted of possession of more than 28 grams of crack cocaine and cocaine with intent to distribute, and of possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute, the penalty is five to forty years in prison.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is a determination made by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that an offense has been committed by a defendant. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial, during which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.justice.gov/dea/.

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