19 charged in Aurora, federal sweep for guns and drugs
Beacon-News Staff October 3, 2012 4:56PM
James Brady, 32
Updated: November 5, 2012 11:42AM
Nine Aurora residents are facing federal drug or gun charges and another 10 are facing similar state charges in a sweep by Aurora police and federal officials.
Several of the suspects were arrested Wednesday, while others already were in police custody. Aurora police also are looking for three other suspects who remain at large.
The charges stem from an investigation of firearms and narcotics trafficking in Kane County that began in the spring of 2011, federal and local officials said.
During the investigation — led by Aurora police, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations unit — agents seized five firearms, including two 12-gauge shotguns, and various amounts of crack and powder cocaine and heroin.
All nine federal defendants were charged with at least one count of distribution of a controlled substance for selling crack cocaine, powder cocaine or heroin to a member of an Aurora street gang who was cooperating with law enforcement, authorities said.
Two defendants were also charged with being felons in possession of a firearm for selling a weapon to a person cooperating with police, authorities said.
Five of the nine federal defendants were arrested Wednesday, and the remaining four were already in custody.
The federal defendants were charged in nine separate complaints that were filed Tuesday and unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. The Aurorans named in the complaints are:
Lawrence Donaldson, 26, charged with the sale of two 12-gauge shotguns, a .45-caliber pistol, and a .38-caliber handgun, as well as heroin.
Kendrick Webber, 27, charged with selling a .22-caliber revolver and ammunition, as well as crack cocaine.
Antoine Harris, 30, Maurice Payne, 43, Johnathon Ibister, 31, Rasheed Naylor, 31, Keiotto Tennial, 33, Arnoldo Cepeda, 36, and Mark Jones, 36, all charged with distribution of a controlled substance.
Harris and Payne each face five to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine if convicted.
The other seven federal defendants each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas said the operation “exemplifies the ongoing partnerships the Aurora Police Department has established with our federal law enforcement partners” to tackle guns, drugs and gangs in the community.
Another 10 Aurora men were charged with state drug or weapons offenses in the same bust:
James S. Brady, 32, already in custody at Statesville Prison, is charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class X felony.
Floyd Russell, 21, already in custody at the Kane County Jail, is charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
David Stewart, 29, of the 1100 block of Kane Street, is charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
Ryan Mincey, 26, of the 1900 block of Tall Oaks Drive, is charged with two counts of unlawful sale of a firearm.
Antoine Davis, 30, of the 400 block of East Indian Trail; Kristian Glover, 30, of the 700 block of North View Street; Lashawn Herndon, 29, of the 900 block Southbridge Drive; and Terry Hunter Jr., 22, of the 1200 block of Yellow Pine Drive, were all charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Each faces one Class X felony charge.
Still at large
Aurora police are still searching for two suspects — Brandon Goodwin, 23, whose last known address was in the 800 block of North Lake Street, and Anthony Mullen, 25, who was last known to be living in the 1700 block of Felton Road.
Goodwin and Mullen are both wanted on two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
Police are also looking for Jaime Kimmons, 38, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of Sill Avenue. Kimmons is wanted for unlawful possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and four counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, police said. Police said those charges were not related to the federal-local sweep.
Anyone with information on the wanted suspects is asked to call Aurora Police Special Operations investigators at 630-256-5600 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000.
Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and qualify for a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any of the wanted suspects.