Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for the week of March 19

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 on March 4 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 charges two with felonies

Highland police on March 9 charged Devin G. Reichmann, 25, of Highland with one count of felony retail theft. Police allege that Reichmann took a router from Walmart on March 6. The router was valued at less than $300, but the charge was enhanced to a Class 4 felony, because Reichmann had a previous retail theft conviction in Madison County in February 2014. His bond was set at $30,000.

In an unrelated case, Highland police charged Amanda G. Hoffman, 34, of Vandalia on March 11 with felony deceptive practices. Police allege that Hoffman cashed a $500 check at a Highland bank that she had made out to herself, drawn on an account she had at a bank in Brownstown, while knowing the Brownstown bank would not honor it. Her bond was set at $20,000.

HPD felony warrant arrests

• Joshua W. Hart, 31, of Highland was arrested on March 10 by Highland police on a felony warrant from Alton police for theft over $300. He was turned over to Alton police. His bond was set at $25,000. Highland police additionally charged him with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.



• River Torres, 20, of Pierron was arrested on March 10 by Highland police on a felony warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for parole violation after having been charged with aggravated battery. He was turned over to IDOC.



HPD citations, misdemeanors

March 9

• No tickets issued.



March 10

• Angela L. Ohl, 40, of Edwardsville was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.



• Travis L. Major, 23, of Trenton was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.



• William R. Holtgrave, 20, of Breese was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug equipment.



• Ashley N. Linder, 22, of New Baden was charged with not having a vehicle registration.



March 11

• Erica A. Brueggeman, 28, of Highland was charged with improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.



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March 12

• Denise M. VonderHaar, 50, of Breese was charged with speeding.



• Christopher M. Rimar, 23, of Troy was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.



March 13

• Derek M. Latham, 30, Highland was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.



• Eric W. Helton, 25, of Waterloo was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.



March 14

• No tickets issued.



March 15

• Joseph H. Rodgers, 26, of Pierron was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.



• Colton A. Talbot, 19, of Maryville was charged with improper lane usage.



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