As part of their commitment toward stemming the methamphetamine and illegal drug trade in Montgomery County, and in cooperation with the Litchfield Police Department, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney office was able to secure several narcotics search warrants for residences in the City of Litchfield according to a State’s Attorney Andrew Affrunti.
On Dec. 9, a search warrant was executed in the 800 block of East Columbia, resulting in the arrest of Rodney Estell, 34, of Litchfield, for the offenses of possession of methamphetamine and possession of firearm ammunition while his FOID card was revoked.
Then on Dec. 17, a search warrant was executed in the 600 block of East Ryder, resulting in the arrest of Michael Belcher, 42, of Litchfield, and Angela Stockamp, 44, of Litchfield, for possession of methamphetamine.
On Jan. 2, a search warrant was executed in the 600 block of North State, resulting in the arrest of Michael Irwin, 40, of Litchfield, for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance (heroin).
Finally on Jan. 6, a search warrant was executed at 1003 East Columbia Street, in Litchfield. The warrant was served by the ILEAS (Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System) Region 8 Metro East SWAT team in the early morning hours.
The ILEAS team is made up of law enforcement officers throughout the area including members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Litchfield Police Department.
After the house was secured by the ILEAS team, Litchfield Police conducted a search of the residence. Officers located over two ounces of methamphetamine, 35 “button” containers of suspected heroin/fentanyl and a large amount of U.S. currency.
Litchfield Police took into custody the following individuals as a result of the search: Bryan Weller, 41, pending charges of manufacture/delivery of methamphetamine and Taylar Costello, 20, pending charges of possession of methamphetamine.
“This office thanks law enforcement for their hard work towards investigating these offenses as well as their continued work toward stemming the drug trade in Montgomery County,” Affrunti said in a press release.
Members of the public are reminded that an arrest is merely an accusation; each defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
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