19 Charged in Aurora, Federal Sweep of Guns, Drugs

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Kirk Weddle

    Nine Aurora residents are facing federal drug or gun charges and another 10 are facing state drug or weapons charges in a sweep by Aurora police and federal officials.

    Several of the suspects were arrested Wednesday, while others already were in police custody.

    The federal charges involve the sale of crack or powder cocaine, heroin and firearms, federal and local law enforcement officials said.

    Officials said Lawrence Donaldson, 26, of Aurora, sold two 12-gauge shotguns, a .45-caliber pistol and a .38-caliber handgun, as well as heroin, police said. Kendrick Webber, 27, of Aurora, sold a .22-caliber revolver and ammunition, as well as crack cocaine, police said.

    Also charged with distribution of a controlled substance were: Antoine Harris, 30; Maurice Payne, 43; Johnathon Ibister, 31; Rasheed Naylor, 31; Keiotto Tennial, 33; Arnoldo Cepeda, 36; and Mark Jones, 36, all of Aurora.

    The charges stem from an investigation of firearms and narcotics trafficking in Kane County led by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, together with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and the Aurora Police Department.