Three more charged in drug investigation

Heroin trafficking a problem, official says

DIXON – Three more people have been charged in a heroin investigation in Dixon.

On Feb. 26, authorities arrested Samantha J. Spencer, 25, of Franklin Grove; Trevor A. Glenn, 21, of Dixon; and Nickolas P. Howard, 21, of Rock Falls, on felony heroin possession charges, according to a Wednesday news release from the state police.

They were held at the Lee County Jail on bonds of $40,000 each. As of Wednesday afternoon, Glenn and Howard still were in jail.

Last week, state police released the names of four Dixon women who had been arrested in the investigation – Jeralyn Jean Allen, 51, Angella Arlene Schultheis, 32, Melissa Jo Evans, 33, and Heather Ann Wilcox, 29.

Allen, Schultheis and Evans were charged with criminal drug conspiracy. Evans and Allen also were charged with delivery of a controlled substance.

All four were charged with drug possession.

According to booking records, Allen’s charges involve cocaine, heroin and the opioid Hydromorphone. Evans’ charges involve cocaine and Hydromorphone, and Schultheis’ involve cocaine. Wilcox’s charge is for Hydromorphone.

Bond was set at $75,000 for Allen, $35,000 for Schultheis and Evans, and $7,500 for Wilcox. Wilcox and Evans have been released, according to the jail.

The State Police Blackhawk Area Task Force, which handled the investigation, is a multijurisdictional agency that includes the Dixon, Sterling and Kewanee police departments, the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department, and the state police.

Also helping with the investigation is Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller, according to a task force news release.

Sgt. Todd Shaver of the task force said heroin trafficking is an ongoing problem.

“It’s not exclusive to Dixon,” he said. “People often go on road trips to Rockford to get heroin and other drugs. That seems to be the location around here.”