DANVILLE — A heroin supplier to Vermilion County is in custody after making a delivery from Chicago on Friday.
Demetrius Vaughn Sr., 28, of Georgetown, was taken into custody by agents with the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group as part of two warrants served at separate locations in Georgetown.
VMEG Master Sergeant Lisa Mitchell confirmed the arrest Monday morning, calling Vaughn “one of the largest dealers of heroin in Vermilion County.” He has been the subject of a VMEG investigation for several months.
The investigation came to a head through an anonymous tip Thursday. Mitchell said surveillance and investigation uncovered Vaughn was picking up a load of heroin in Chicago to bring back to Vermilion County.
Warrants were obtained for Vaughn’s residence and a house used to stash drugs in Georgetown. Both were served at 1:15 a.m. Friday. As a result, Vaughn and three other people were arrested and booked at the Public Safety Building later that morning.
Vaughn was booked on charges of street gag criminal drug conspiracy, calculated criminal drug conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Three others — Leslie Coulter, 29, of Georgetown; Damon Duitsman, 26, of Danville; and Bradley Farrell, 26, of Westville — also were charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Coulter also faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance.
All four defendants are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 19.
All four were arraigned via video on Friday with Vaughn’s bond set at $1 million. Bond for Duitsman and Farrell was set at $100,000 for each while Coulter’s was set at $50,000. Coulter posted bond on Monday, according to court records.
As part of the search warrants, Mitchell said VMEG agents recovered 37.4 grams of heroin total with an estimated street value of more than $5,000. Several grams of cannabis as well as drug paraphernalia and scales also were recovered.
Mitchell characterized the heroin load Vaughn brought back from Chicago as “one of his smaller trips.” She noted he makes weekly runs to the Chicago area to bring back much larger supplies which he distributed to a number of homes in the county to sell for him.
As part of the investigation, search warrants were served on some of the people Vaughn is accused of supplying heroin to.
Mitchell said there are a couple of other large heroin suppliers to Vermilion County that VMEG has identified.
An investigation regarding Vaughn’s conspiracy circle is continuing with more arrests expected, Mitchell said.