Drug Trafficking Hits Home
Macomb is home to OPS officers, the Sheriff’s department, Macomb city police, and Illinois State police. The Sheriff’s department and Illinois State police have jurisdiction in the small town of Good Hope. The community is aware that police travel through town but it seems that travelers did not know that.
The McDonough County Sheriff’s Office was making a routine traffic stop just north of Macomb. Four men were traveling in the same vehicle last week and were arrested after drugs were found in the car. On Friday around 8:30 p.m. the Sheriff’s office canine was called to the scene on U.S. Route 67 in Good Hope because of observations made my the on-scene deputy. After the canine searched the vehicle, 71 Ecstasy pills, fewer than 2.5 grams of cannabis, a bag of synthetic cannabis and a cannabis pipe were discovered. The Ecstasy pills were reportedly packaged for delivery.
Patrick Olynski, 18, of Wood Dale, Brett J. Flanders, 22, of Itasca, Austin Patino, 18, of Bensenville and Nicholas A. Frano, 24, of Wheaton were arrested and lodged in McDonough County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and manufacture of a controlled substance (MDMA Ecstasy).
The driver of the vehicle, Frano, was charged with following too closely and driving while license suspended or revoked. Patino was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.