Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police have released reports of large illegal gatherings and underage drinking.
In recent weeks, the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office has received reports and complaints of large gatherings and underage drinking. The trend has been to use social media, such as SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook, etc. to send out digital flyers announcing a party. The creators of these flyers then give a location, usually via GPS pins, to let the group know where to go.
Since the technology is virtually instantaneous, the group can be easily rerouted to a new location if they believe law enforcement has become aware of it. Thanks to GPS, people can go to places that would otherwise be unknown to non-locals. Last summer, deputies came across a party on a rural road in Cissna Park which had gathered more than 300 people. About two weeks ago, an MP on patrol came across a gathering on a rural road in Milford which had gathered more than 150 people. The deputy managed vehicle license plates from locations over 35 miles away. These parties take place on weekdays as well as weekends and occur regularly.
On August 8, Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police received credible information that another such rally was going to take place around 8:30 p.m. on the Butterfield Trail Illinois Department of Natural Resources property located at 1665 N 1220 E Road in the Gilman campaign. As an example of how far people traveled for these holidays, sheriff’s deputies patrolling the areas came across vehicles in Henning, Westville, Rantoul, Bradley, Cullom, Frankfort, and more. The deputies carried out several traffic stops leading to several arrests.
Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police will strictly enforce Illinois criminal and vehicle codes at these gatherings. Arrests will be made for drug possession, DUI, illegal possession/consumption of alcohol, trespassing if applicable, and police will issue further citations and tow vehicles if necessary.
The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office will partner with Illinois State Police and local police departments to control these gatherings. The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping our citizens and our roads and their properties safe.
Please call 815-432-4918 if you have any information regarding these future gatherings. Callers can remain anonymous.