Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for Sept. 5-11

Editor’s note: The following incidents were listed among the official reports of local law enforcement agencies and court clerks. Readers are reminded that an arrest or charge does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination.

Arizona women charged with money laundering

A recent traffic stop on a Madison County interstate led police to seize a half-million dollars in cash and charge two Arizona women with money laundering.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons filed last week against two Arizona women in connection with substantial amounts of U.S. currency found hidden in their vehicle.

According to authorities, Yesenia A. Guillen, 38, and and Francisca B. Encinas, 43, both of Tucson, Ariz., were stopped on Sept. 4 on Interstate 55/70 by an Illinois State Police trooper for speeding and and license plate obstruction.

During the stop, prosecutors said that troopers “developed evidence that the vehicle may contain evidence of narcotics trafficking.” A search of the vehicle revealed several hidden compartments, each containing substantial amounts of currency “packaged in a manner consistent with drug trafficking.” Total cash seized was in excess of $500,000, police said.

“This case provides citizens with a prime example of how drug cartels continue to use the highways running through Madison County as a pipeline for their illegal narcotics trafficking empire,” said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. “While the amounts involved in this and other similar cases may seem staggering to us, they are just a drop in the bucket for the cartels. These roads and bridges belong to the people and were paid for with citizens’ hard-earned taxes, and it disgusts me to think that this continues to go on day after day.”

Both women have been charged with money laundering, a Class 1 felony punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison if convicted. They are being held in the Madison County Jail without bond.

Man charged with theft in Marine

James L. Deppe, 46, of Marine charged on Sept. 2 in Madison County Circuit Court with felony theft and felony driving while having a revoked license.

On Aug. 31, officers responded to 114 E. Division St. Marine in reference to a theft. According to a press release from the Marine Police Department, officers recovered evidence at the scene that led them to suspect Deppe in the theft.

Deppe was taken into custody, and his bond was set at $45,000.

HPD warrant arrests

▪ John A. Shoot, 61, of Highland was arrested by HPD on Sept. 6 on an Illinois State Police warrant for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. He was turned over to ISP.

▪ Ryan M. Unger, 20, of Highland was arrested by HPD on Sept. 9 on a warrant from Madison County for probation violation. He was turned over to county authorities.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

Sept. 5

▪ No tickets issued.

Sept. 6

▪ Heather Barnhart, 40, of Highland was charged with driving while having an expired/revoked license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Sept. 7

▪ Timothy Miget, 38, of Highland was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Sept. 8

▪ No tickets issued.

Sept. 9

▪ Carlos Manriquez, 46, of Mission Hidalgo, Texas, was charged with squealing tires and driving too fast for conditions.

▪ Christopher W. Korte, 19, of Highland was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In the same incident, a juvenile girl, 14, of Highland was charged with truancy.

Sept. 10

▪ No tickets issued.

Sept. 11

▪ Cole Markunas, 18, of Alhambra was charged with having a suspended vehicle registration.