Southern Illinois Drug Task Force Investigations Leads To Four Arrests 

(DUQUOIN, IL) — On Wednesday, the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force (SIDTF), the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group (SIEG), the West Frankfort Police Department, and the Illinois State Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team (ISP/SWAT) executed a search warrant in West Frankfort, Illinois. Johnnie L. Ricketts, 35, and Jeremy L. Ricketts, 30, both of West Frankfort, were arrested for methamphetamine related offenses following the execution of the search warrant. Investigation leading to these arrests was conducted by the SIDTF. The membership of the DuQuoin Office of the SIDTF is comprised of the Illinois State Police, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the West Frankfort Police Department, the West City Police Department, the Zeigler Police Department, the Christopher Police Department, and the Sesser Police Department. The case will be prosecuted by Franklin County State’s Attorney Evan Owens. On Tuesday, in a separate warrant execution, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) executed a search warrant in Herrin, Illinois. The search warrant was executed as a result of an investigation conducted by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force (SIDTF), the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group (SIEG), the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. During the investigation and execution of the search warrant, agents seized a small quantity of methamphetamine and five firearms alleged to have been taken during a burglary at a business in Franklin County and from a residential burglary in Franklin County. Two subjects have been arrested as a result of the investigation. Additional arrests are anticipated. The investigation continues.