Seven charged in Naperville drug bust
Seven people have been charged with felony drug conspiracy and sales following a four-month investigation into an alleged drug ring operating out of a Naperville apartment complex.
The group was arrested Thursday and appeared in bond court Friday morning.
Those accused of dealing heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis include Bernice Coleman, 53; Jerome Powell, 61; and Tretepfone Pryor, 21, all of the 400 block of East Bailey Road in Naperville.
Also charged were Kortney Martez, 32, of the 500 block of Kiowa in Naperville; Antonio Ervin, 25, of the 1300 block of South Glen Circle, Aurora; and Paris Miller, 19, of the 23000 block of West Winston Avenue, Plainfield.
Another man, Mack Jones, 56, of the 1400 block of South 10th Avenue in Maywood, has been charged with one count of calculated criminal drug conspiracy and will appear in bond court at a later date.
Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bond at $1 million Friday for Coleman and Powell. Each has been charged with one count of calculated criminal drug conspiracy.
Sexton set bond at $50,000 for Pryor and Martez who are each charged with delivery of cannabis.
Bond was set at $300,000 for Ervin and $200,000 for Miller who are each charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Each of the defendants, except Jones, is next scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. July 29.
The charges are the result of a coordinated effort between the state's attorney's office, the Naperville Police Department, the DEA, the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Illinois State Police and the FBI.
"While we have made progress in our fight against heroin and other dangerous street drugs, the charges against these defendants confirms that we still have more work to do" DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in a written statement. "With this in mind, I would like to stress that this investigation continues and I anticipate the filing of further charges before we conclude."