DEC 14 -- (Chicago) – Gary G. Olenkiewicz, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division, announced that a Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) traffic stop on December 4, 2006, turned into the subsequent seizure of approximately 100 kilograms of cocaine. The traffic stop, conducted on a 1999 Freightliner tractor-trailer bearing California license plates, revealed that the trailer also carried a legitimate load of Kentucky Fried Chicken hot sauce packets. According to the log books in the truck, the vehicle had traveled from California through Arizona and was enroute to Illinois. The KHP shared the information with the Drug Enforcement Administration, who was then able to do a follow-up investigation resulting in the arrest of three defendants in Morris, Illinois.
“This was great police work by the Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper who conducted the initial stop,” stated Olenkiewicz. “The arrests in this investigation are the result of cooperation between the DEA, Illinois State Police, and Kansas Highway Patrol. The DEA is proud to be partners with state and local agencies that allow these interdiction cases to be successful.”
Arrested in Illinois on federal conspiracy charges were: Mason J. McManemon of Aurora, Colorado; Isaac Blanco of Chula Vista, California; and Jorge Roberto Castillo-Guillen, of Tijuana, Mexico. All three defendants had an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate on December 6, 2006. If convicted, the possible maximum sentence that could be imposed is life in prison. The case is being prosecuted in the Northern District of Illinois by Assistant United States Attorney Clifford Histed.