Monmouth, Ill. — Three more arrests have been made in an operation aimed at area methamphetamine activity.
On Thursday, McDonough and Warren County deputies, along with city officers from Macomb and Monmouth and United States Marshals Service arrested William J. Cooper, 29, Heather M. Hawkins, 24, and Nathan E. Nickols, 22, all of Monmouth, on federal methamphetamine charges.
VanBrooker said the arrests were part of a long-term investigation being conducted by local law enforcement into a widespread methamphetamine ring.
Cooper, Hawkins and Nickols were all charged under federal indictments for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. They were transported to a detainment facility in Lewistown and were to appear in federal court in Peoria on Friday.
VanBrooker said the arrest warrants stem from an ongoing investigation and resulted in information law enforcement obtained in connection with an incident last October when a methamphetamine lab was found in the bed of a pickup truck in Good Hope.
In that incident, 26-year-old Adam J. Barcroft, of Monmouth was found sleeping in the truck, parked at the Good Hope Mini Mart.
Barcroft was then arrested and his charges were later transferred to federal court along with eight other local methamphetamine cases. The investigation has been dubbed Operation Saddle Up.
VanBrooker said that he expects more arrests to be made as local agencies continue to investigate methamphetamine distribution in the McDonough County area.