15 charged in cocaine raids in Bloomington Normal

By Beau Ebenezer

August 1, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- At 6 am on Wednesday, the FBI, State's Attorney's office and the Bloomington and Normal Police Department raided locations throughout the area.

Two brothers, Marcus and Mathew Sullivan are believed to be the leaders of the trafficking organization that has been supplying drugs to Bloomington and Normal since 2001.

They are being charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute at least 280 grams of crack cocaine.

Authorities arrested ten others in connection with the drug trafficking network.

Three more individuals are still being sought.

Police can not determine where the drugs are coming from at this time.

"Now's the time for the community to try and pull itself together and try to make sure that if there are any small dealers operating that they stay small, get identified, and stop," said U.S. Attorney, Jim Lewis.

Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute crack cocaine carries a minimum penalty of ten years to life in prison.

The defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court tomorrow afternoon in Peoria.

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