Twelve Arrested in Operation Blue Bulldog
Normal – The United State Attorney Office of Central District of Illinois held a press conference earlier this afternoon to discuss the details of “Operation Blue Bulldog.”
“Earlier this morning, the surrounding area’s law enforcement and agencies worked together to set up a well-organized operation to take out this group,” said David Ford, Special Agent for the FBI in Springfield.
Thirteen of the accused are of Bloomington residence, with the other two being from Normal and Heyworth, Illinois.
“Even though we busted this group, we are not going to say there aren’t more groups in the community,” said Randall McKinley, Chief of Bloomington Police. “There’s still a lot of work to be done.”
The morning’s operation was so well-organized that no altercations occurred between law enforcement and the accused. The 6 a.m. bust resulted in the obtainment of additional evidence, but District Attorney James Lewis said that they will not be releasing that information at this time.
The activity of the group, which was coordinated by two brothers, Matthew, 30, and Marcus, 29, Sullivan of Bloomington, began in 2001. Investigation by local, state, and federal agencies, however, began in 2010. The brothers had collaborated with the 13 other persons to sell and distribute cocaine and crack cocaine throughout the community.
“This was a city-wide operation,” said Chief Rick Bleichner of the Normal Police Department. “We had people in 15 different locations.”
The three remaining accused are Cordaro Williams, 25, Danny Stice, 36, and Perry Harrington, 33. They are considered armed and dangerous. No photos of these three have been released yet.
The defendants arrested this morning are scheduled to make their initial appearances tomorrow afternoon in federal court in Peoria.
Photo by Rich Green