Member of alleged Naperville drug ring sentenced

Tretepfone L. Pryor
Tretepfone L. Pryor

The first of seven people arrested last month for selling narcotics from a Naperville apartment complex has been sentenced in that case.

Tretepfone L. Pryor, 21, pleaded guilty in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton to a felony charge of the manufacture or delivery of more than 10 but not more than 30 grams of marijuana, according to court records.

Judge John J. Kinsella accepted Pryor’s plea, sentencing him Monday to 66 days in DuPage County Jail and placing him on two years of probation. Pryor spent 33 days in jail following his arrest, and with day for day credit for good behavior, has already been released.

Pryor was a resident of the Naper Trails apartment complex, on the 400 block of East Bailey Road in east-central Naperville. He and six associates were charged July 18 with participating in a reputed drug ring that operated there.

Naperville police, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and members of the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office over a four-month period investigated the suspects, who allegedly sold heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana.

Accused ring members Bernice E. Coleman, 53, and Jerome Powell, 61, also lived in Naper Trails. Both face trial on felony charges of calculated criminal drug conspiracy and the manufacture or delivery of one but less than 14 grams of heroin, with Powell also charged with two counts of the manufacture or delivery of 15 but less than 100 grams of heroin.

The other alleged ring members are Antonio M. Ervin, 25, of Aurora; Mack Jones, 56, of Maywood; Paris N. Miller, 19, of Plainfield; and Kortney Martez Patrick, 32, of the 500 block of Kiowa Drive in Naperville.

Jones faces trial on the same charges as Powell. Ervin and Miller are both charged with the manufacture or delivery of one but less than 15 grams of cocaine, while Patrick is charged with three felony counts of the manufacture or delivery of marijuana.

Patrick is free on bond. The other suspects remained Tuesday in jail.

Naperville police years ago had a satellite police station operating at Naper Trails. It aimed in large part to foster better relations between tenants and police.

Jack Riley, special agent-in-charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division, said last month in a statement that heroin, cocaine and other drugs are “not just an inner-city problem. It’s here in Naperville, and it’s in your community, too.”

“Our top priority is dismantling these drug-trafficking organizations (that) peddle their poison in our communities,” Riley said. “But we can’t do it alone. We need parents, teachers, coaches and faith-based practitioners to get involved and do their part, too.”

Agents of the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Illinois State Police and the FBI also participated in the investigation.

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