Updated: June 2, 2013 6:32AM
DeKALB — A lengthy, multi-agency investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine in the DeKalb area ended Tuesday with the arrest of 11 people, most of them middle-aged, while two Chicago residents are being sought and two other people were arrested previously, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday evening.
A statement from the sheriff’s office said the probe began in January and investigators learned that three Chicago men — Terry M. Griffin, Antonnio B. Sanders and Christopher E. Bell — were working together to distribute crack in the city of DeKalb and nearby towns.
The sheriff’s spokesman said the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office worked in cooperation with the DeKalb City Police Department, DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. He said the sheriff’s office has a deputy assigned part-time to the DEA and that the city police have an officer assigned full-time to the DEA branch based in Rockford.
During the investigation, the sheriff’s spokesman said, Loretta Goodwin, 50, of DeKalb was charged with possession of a controlled substance on March 19. On March 27, a search warrant was executed at a home in DeKalb and Deandre D. Calvin of DeKalb was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
The sheriff’s statement said the investigation then identified multiple local people who were selling or purchasing crack, and arrest warrants were obtained for 13 people — the three from Chicago plus two from Sycamore and eight from DeKalb. A sweep on Tuesday arrested 11 of those.
Sanders, 31, was charged with nine counts of criminal drug conspiracy/delivery and was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Charged with criminal drug conspiracy/possession were Christopher J. Stogsdill, 45, of Sycamore; James B. Phillips, 55, of DeKalb; Jason Coppens, 38, of DeKalb; Brian D. Ottenhausen, 40, of DeKalb; Eldridge D. Moore, 62, of Sycamore; Terence J. Low, 57, of DeKalb; Ronald Bannister, 40, of DeKalb; Christopher K. Riggs, 36, of DeKalb; Dianatha Hardesty, 50, of DeKalb; and Andrew Burkett, 58, of DeKalb. Bail was set for each of them at either $5,000 or $10,000.
Officers still are seeking Griffin, 31, and Bell, 29.
Griffin is wanted on two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and 16 counts of criminal drug conspiracy/delivery. His bail is set at $1 million.
Bell is wanted on one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and five counts of criminal drug conspiracy/delivery. His bail is set at $500,000.
The sheriff’s statement said anyone with information on their whereabouts should call the sheriff’s office at 815-895-2155 or the Crime Stoppers line at 815-895-3272.