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Woman arrested on warrant for heroin trafficking

LatanyR. Anders37 4100 Block Continental Drive Waukegan.

Latanya R. Anderson, 37, of the 4100 Block of Continental Drive in Waukegan.

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Updated: February 19, 2014 6:10AM

The last remaining member of a heroin trafficking ring in Peoria who has eluded police since last spring was caught by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division using a ruse.

Latanya R. Anderson, 37, of the 4100 Block of Continental Drive, Waukegan, was being held on a no bond federal warrant in Lake County Jail until Thursday when she was extradited by the U,S. Marshall Service.

Police were able to capture her after the sheriff’s office warrants division personnel lured her into coming to the probation department because there was a mix up and they just needed to sort it out, said Sgt. Sara Balmes of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Anderson was on probation for a different offense under an alias, said Balmes.

Anderson had been using a number of aliases and had evaded capture even though four other co-conspirators had been captured.

The arrest was a result of an multi agency operation between the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Probation, and the U.S. Marshal Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.

“She was on the run for awhile. It was very challenging to find her,” said Balmes. The address listed as her home is a relative’s residence.

Anderson was listed in a May 23, 2013, arrest warrant by the United States District Court in Chicago along with Monta Anderson, 25, Diondre Harris, 23, Walter Nealy, 36 and Leland Jones, 34, all of Peoria.

The indictment, which charges the defendants with a single count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, alleges that from about May 2010 to 2013, the five defendants conspired to distribute more than 1,000 grams of heroin, which they purchased in Chicago, in Tazewell County.

It also alleges that as a result of this conspiracy, death and serious bodily injury resulted from use of the heroin.

The other defendants were caught in June of 2013 or shortly after.

If convicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 grams of heroin, the statutory penalty is 10 years to life in prison, but if death or injury is involved, the sentence can be a mandatory 20 years in prison to a life sentence, according to The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District.

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