6 South Roxana residents facing heroin charges

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SOUTH ROXANA, IL (KTVI) - The South Roxana Police Department makes a big heroin bust, and investigators hope it slows down the use of the deadly drug in Madison County.  Six suspects face charges.  Police say 21-year-old Kenneth Rice, 24-year-old Chelsea Schollmeier, 40-year-old Serena Jeffers, 24-year-old Allora Stratton, 36-year-old Joshua Coons, and 40 year old William Jeffers all face heroin related charges.

Police say the heroin was sold to area drug dealers out of the Connor Place Apartments.  Each of the suspects listed the apartments as a home address.  Investigators say heroin is a major problem.

“Just in our small town we’ve had several people die of overdoses,” said Sgt. David Davis, South Roxana Police Department.  “I’ve seen it kill.  It’s took friends of mine from high school.  It’s really a horrible drug.”

Davis said the investigation started when neighbors reported heavy foot traffic coming in and out of one of the apartments.

“We also had family members that have tipped us off that thought their loved ones were buying heroin from the apartment also,” said Davis.

He said after a great deal of leg work, police executed search warrants that lead to the arrests.  Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says it’s not just heroin causing problems.  He says prescription pain killer overdoses have reached epidemic proportions across the country.

He says the South Roxana Police Department’s arrests reflect a county wide strategy including treatment, education and enforcement.

“This is part of the enforcement,” said Gibbons. “This is part of the hammer we’re trying to bring down on individuals who would bring drugs into our community, and who would infect our community with these kinds of dangerous substances.”

According to the Madison County State’s Attorney, Rice and Schollmeier are charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of public housing, unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of public housing and conspiracy to commit unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance while located within 1,000 feet of public housing.

Serena Jeffers is charged with the conspiracy and delivery offense.  William Jeffers is charged with the conspiracy offense and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.  Coons is charged with the conspiracy offense and Stratton is facing a possession charge.

As of Wednesday night Coons was the only suspect not yet in custody.

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