Traffic stop leads to St. Elmo house raid, four drug-related arrests

FAYETTE COUNTY — A Thursday night traffic stop in Fayette County led to the search of a St. Elmo home and the eventual arrests of four individuals on multiple drug-related charges.

According to Fayette County State’s Attorney Josh Morrison, a sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle being driven Thursday night by 37-year-old Jennifer Brown, of Mulberry Grove for an alleged traffic violation.

Morrison says the traffic stop reportedly revealed Brown in possession of methamphetamine and of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat people addicted to heroin and other painkillers.

She’s been formally charged with Class 2 felony possession of less than 15 grams of meth, and two counts Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance. She was also cited for a handful of traffic violations.

Following her arrest law enforcement was given the location of a home in St. Elmo where a large quantity of illegal drugs could be found.

Morrison says a search warrant for the home was quickly obtained before the drugs were gone, and a multi-agency operation involving Fayette County, Illinois State Police, St. Elmo City Police, and Brownstown City Police moved on the location.

According to Morrison, both the house and the garage were searched, and resulted in the additional arrests of 46-year-old Thomas “TJ” McCall, 58-year-old Marilyn Koeberlein, and 49-year-old Terry Wright, all of St. Elmo.

McCall has been formally charged with Class X felony possession with the intent to deliver between 15 and 100 grams of meth, Class 1 felony possession of between 15 and 100 grams of meth, Class 2 felony use of a structure in a meth-related crime, Class 4 felonies for possession of a controlled substance and possession of between 100 and 500 grams of cannabis, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wright and Koeberlein were each charged with Class 3 felony possession of less than 5 grams of meth and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Morrison thanked all law enforcement agencies involved in what he called a “flawless” operation.