TAYLORVILLE — A rural Christian County drug bust Saturday resulted in the arrests of three men and the seizure of 259 grams of methamphetamine.
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said the arrests and drug seizure put a serious dent in the supply of meth in the county.
Arrested on drug trafficking charges were Nathan T. Mount, 22, of Taylorville, and Darien C. Shadwell and Shawn E. Cohan, both 25 and both of Shelbyville. They appeared in Christian County Circuit Court on Monday and were formally arraigned and remain in custody.
Kettelkamp was under no illusions other illegal drug suppliers would eventually emerge to try and feed the demand for meth in his county, but he said it will be game over for these suspects if they are convicted.
“These individuals are not going to be dealing any meth for quite some time,” he added.
Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera said the amount of the drug involved in the seizure meant the suspects faced sentences of anywhere from 18 to 80 years in prison.
Kettelkamp said the suspects had been under surveillance as part of a meth trafficking investigation by the Central Illinois Enforcement Group. This is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force, formed in 1986, and is comprised of officers from the Illinois State Police, Christian County Sheriff’s Office and seven other Central Illinois sheriff’s offices and city police departments, including Pana and Taylorville.
The suspects’ had been pulled over for a traffic violation near Sharpsburg on Illinois 29 and the meth was found in their vehicle.
Kettelkamp said his office has two officers on the task force and they had also been involved in another significant drugs bust two weeks ago when 170 grams of meth was seized in a raid in the Lake Pana area.
“We have two officers on the task force and, along with officers from the Taylorville and Pana police departments, I could not be more proud of them and their work,” Kettelkamp said.
“They put in long hours, many hours away from their families, and they have just all done a fantastic job. This latest seizure for example is 259 grams of pure meth, that is over half a pound and a very significant amount.”