Saturday, May 22, 2010

NCNTF - yes???

Tonight's article in the Northwest Herald online about a Crystal Lake drug arrest (maybe on Thursday) indicated it was based on a news release from North Central Narcotics Task Force.

The law enforcement agencies involved in the arrest weren't named but, since the arrest was in Crystal Lake (if it was at the house address listed in the article), the Task Force members probably included Crystal Lake P.D., McHenry County Sheriff's deputies, and possibly Task Force members from other agencies.

According to information at, "The North Central Narcotics Task Force (NCNTF) is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force dedicated to serving our communities & member agencies through the investigation of illicit drug trafficking and distribution, gang activity, and weapon offenses within Kane County, McHenry County, and DeKalb County, Illinois."

On its website I hoped to find the press release for this arrest, and I looked under the tab for Press. What's there? Only news articles that appeared in the media, not press releases from the NCNTF. How current were the articles? For 2010, Mar. 1, Feb. 21, Feb. 11, Feb. 14 (2), Jan. 26, Jan. 22, Jan. 13.

Next I looked under the Fugitives tab for McHenry's Top 5 Wanted Fugitives. This section was last updated in October 2009. Names are there, but no photos. So maybe someone knows Antonio (Tonio) Arellano, Galdino M. (Nino) Hernandez, Luis F. (Gato) Espinosa, or Joseph Palazzolo, but the public won't be able to help, since there were no photos.

I know, I know. That's only four. Apparently, McHenry County doesn't have five Most Wanted (drug, gang or weapons) Fugitives. (Wanna bet?)

And wouldn't you think the Sheriff's Department could furnish photos to the NCNTF within six months?

1 comment:

Gus said...

A careful reader has pointed out to me that the McHenry County Sheriff's Deparment is NOT a member of the North Central Narcotics Task Force.

The member agencies are
Algonquin PD
Carpentersville PD
Crystal Lake PD
Lake in the Hills PD
Illinois State Police
Office of the McHenry County State's Attorney