BLOOMINGTON — Five people face felony drug charges after authorities said raids on two Bloomington homes and a third in Tremont on Wednesday uncovered a large-scale marijuana production operation.
Charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy and conspiracy to commit illegal marijuana production are: Catherine Peterson, 43, of Downs; Larry Crummett, 41, and Joshua Gabor, 35, both of Tremont; and Ted Monninger, 61, and Mark Rousey, 38, both of Bloomington. Monninger also is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
Peterson and Rousey were in McLean County jail in lieu of posting $10,025 each; the three others must post $25,025 each.
The early morning raid on homes in Tremont, McLean County Road 1000 East in rural Bloomington and Fedor Circle in Bloomington involved about 40 officers from Illinois State Police Task Force 6, several state police specialized units and the McLean County Sheriff’s Department. Task Force 6 is a unit specializing in drug enforcement and includes officers from the DeWitt and McLean sheriff’s departments, the Illinois State Police, and the Clinton and Illinois State University police departments.
Monninger resides at the Fedor Circle address, and Rousey lives in the 1200 block of East Jefferson Street, a location not involved in the drug sweep. Peterson’s home also was not part of the raids.
A prosecutor’s statement indicated that Gabor and Crummett lived in the Tremont home where a sophisticated marijuana-growing business was operated in the basement. About 30 pounds of the drug with a street value estimated at $120,000 was found in the home, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Jeff Horve.
When the operation outgrew its space in Tremont, the additional home in rural Bloomington was used for expansion, said the prosecutor’s office.
According to Horve, Gabor admitted to being involved in the marijuana enterprise for three years and implicated the four other defendants.
The investigation is ongoing, and prosecutors said a statewide grand jury will consider additional charges against two of the defendants related to weapons found during the police search.
All five defendants were told by Associate Judge David Butler that a hearing will be held before their release on bond to determine the source of the bond money. Prosecutors request such hearings to determine where profits from an illegal enterprise are being used to pay for bond.
All are scheduled for Feb. 22 arraignments.