3 indicted, 2 wanted for distributing methamphetamine

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The federal indictments of three men Wednesday were announced today on social media by McDonough County Sheriff Nicholas M. Petitgout and Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker. 

As part of Operation Iced Out by the Macomb/McDonough County Drug Unit, Levi J. Sloan, 23, of Bushnell, Illinois, Donald E. Graham, 48, of Bushnell, Illinois, and James A. Newman, of Dallas City, Illinois were indicted in the United States District Court Central District of Illinois at Rock Island for distributing methamphetamine throughout several counties in west central Illinois.

Two others are wanted by the McDonough County Sheriff’s Office for distributing methamphetamine: Heather M. Gillette-Oyler, 34, and Mamie K. Wojtkiewicz, 30, both of Bushnell, Illinois.

The federal investigation has been ongoing for the last six months and has covered McDonough County, Knox County, Warren County, Henderson County, Mercer County, Fulton County, Hancock County, and Burlington, Iowa. During the course of the investigation law enforcement has seized over 2 pounds of methamphetamine and multiple firearms. 

Investigators learned throughout the course of the investigation that approximately 50 pounds of methamphetamine a month was being distributed throughout the seven west central Illinois counties.

Many others have been arrested during Operation Iced Out in McDonough County for possessing or delivering methamphetamine:

Jesse R. Pickrel, 27, of Bushnell, Illinois
Jerel J. Guarin, 39, of Macomb, Illinois
Vincent K. Farrar, 35, of Bushnell, Illinois
Donald H. Friday, 22, of Bushnell, Illinois
Seth R. Yates, 35, of Bushnell, Illinois
Michael A. Smith, 24, of Bushnell, Illinois
Damon J. Niethe, 22, of Bushnell, Illinois
Blake A. Yazvec, 32, of Ipava, Illinois
Joshua A. Easley, 36, of Astoria, Illinois
Shandler R. Williams, 23, of Astoria, Illinois
Kelsea T. Nicholas, 26, of Plymouth, Illinois
Slade H. Kline, 23, of Plymouth, Illinois
Jayson A. Kurdi, 32 of Monmouth, Illinois
Gary D. Whitten, 42, of Burnside, Illinois
Michael J. Snodgrass, 44 of Blandinsville, Illinois
Lane R. Scott, 24, of Macomb, Illinois
Kaleb E. Holzheuser, 29, of Oquawka, Illinois

The Macomb/McDonough County Drug Unit has representation from the McDonough County Sheriff’s Office, Macomb Police Department, Bushnell Police Department, and Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety.

The unit was assisted in the investigation by the D.E.A., West Central Illinois Task Force, Galesburg Police Department, Monmouth Police Department, Burlington Iowa Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

The McDonough County States’ Attorney’s Office along with the Hancock, Warren, and Henderson County States’ Attorney’s Office all assisted in the investigation.

Future arrests and indictments are expected during the next several months.

All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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