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1700 PILLS RECOVERED IN INTERSTATE ECSTASY BUST

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Friday, September 24, 2010— Four individuals have been charged with delivery of ecstasy and ecstasy trafficking after selling undercover officers $34,000 worth of pills, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Friday.

Leon JohnsonMyron JacksonBriana SearsCherrel Wallace

Leon Johnson, 40, of the 19300 block of West Harbor Village in Northville, Michigan received a bond of $500,000.  Myron Jackson, 20, of the 20700 block of Camden Square in Southfield, Michigan; Briana Sears, 48,  of the 2600 block of Hazelwood Street in Detroit, Michigan; and Cherrel Wallace, 19, of the 14100 block of Cavell Street in Livonia, Michigan, all received $100,000 bond.  The four appeared in bond court on Thursday.

A Cook County Sheriff’s Police and Drug Enforcement Administration investigation identified a group of ecstasy traffickers living in the Detroit area who regularly drove to the Chicago metro area to deliver large quantities of ecstasy tablets.  The four individuals took advantage of the ease of transit on the highway system – in this case Interstate 80.

Undercover officers arranged a meeting with one of the suspects, and during that meeting purchased a number of ecstasy pills.  After the initial meeting, officers conducted additional surveillance and set up more deals with the four individuals involved.  On September 21st, officers set up a meeting with all four members of the trafficking group, who asked to meet at a location in Tinley Park that is part of Will County.  During the deal, ecstasy tablets were delivered to an undercover police officer and Johnson, Jackson, Sears and Wallace were arrested.

Over the course of the investigation, 1700 ecstasy tablets were seized with an estimated street value of $34,000.  The charges against the four offenders carries a mandatory prison sentence of 24 years, with a maximum of 200 years.  A next court date has not yet been set.

Sheriff Dart thanked the Cook County Sheriff’s Police North Narcotics Unit, the DEA, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Will County Sheriff’s Police who assisted in this case.

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