Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for the week of March 12

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.

Mexican national sentenced for trafficking heroin through Madison County

Rodolpho Hernandez Flores, a 47-year old Mexican national, was sentenced last week to 50 months in federal prison for possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

An Illinois State Police trooper stopped Flores on Interstate 55 near milepost 7 in April 2014. Following an alert by a drug canine, police found a concealed compartment within Flores’ truck that contained about 5 1⁄2 kilos of of heroin worth between $125,000 to $250,000.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Michael Reagan, who passed sentence, said that Flores had “up to 50,000 doses of heroin.”

Flores later admitted he was paid to transport the heroin, which originated in Tijuana, Mexico, to Columbus, Ohio, and he pleaded guilty.

“The amount of heroin in this case is astonishing and highlights how severe the problem has become in our communities,” said Stephen Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. “This is why I have made cases involving heroin one of the highest priorities in my office. We are deeply committed to prosecuting heroin traffickers, whether they are the illegal variety, such as this man, or those who do so with a prescription pad.”

HPD felony warrant arrest

James A. McNeill, 24, of Highland was arrested on Feb. 23 on two warrants. He was wanted on a felony warrant for parole revocation. He was also wanted and a misdemeanor warrant. Those charges could not immediately be determined.

HPD misdemeanor warrant arrest

• Richard A. Burney, 31, of Highland was arrested on March 7 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while having a revoked license.



HPD citations, misdemeanors

March 2

• Kraig A. Wessel, 26, of Pocahontas was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.



March 3

• Melissa A. Dieckmann, 45, of Carlyle was charged with having an expired vehicle registration and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.



• Heather L. Hendershott, 50, of Highland was charged with driving without a valid license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.



• A juvenile, 16, of Highland was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly for allegedly starting a fight at Highland High School.



• Dante A. Pena, 19, of Highland was charged with domestic battery for allegedly punching a female victim in the body and pushing her down, causing her to suffer a cut on her head.



• Scott T. Garner, 46, of Keyesport was charged with having an expired vehicle registration and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.



• Kiley M. Faires, 29, of St. Jacob was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.



March 4

• Audrey A. Jun, 37, of Highland was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.



March 5

• Amanda K. Scaggs, 35, of Highland and Julian Graham, 38, of Cahokia were both charged with possession of cannabis during the same incident.



• Cameron D. Johnson, 39, of Glen Carbon was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.



March 6

• Kevin G. Ammann, 35, of Highland was charged with speeding.



• Daniel A. Myers, 31, of Highland was charged with a traffic signal violation.



• Amy E. Roulanaitis, 32, of Marine was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.



• Maties Herrera-Lamas, 52, of Collinsville was charged with driving without a valid license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.



March 7

• Brittney E. Smith, 28, of Highland was charged with violation of the dog leash law.



• A juvenile, 17, of Highland was charged with retail theft for allegedly taking a Zebra pen from Walmart.



• Larrin C. Johns, 22, of Marine was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.



• Dustin L. Higginbotham, 20, of Collinsville was charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor and illegal transportation of alcohol.



March 8

• Jaymee L. Smollen, 32, Highland was charged with retail theft for allegedly taking clothing from Walmart.



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