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Arrests Made in Connection with Drug Trafficking Operation in Burlington

Eight people face federal criminal charges for their alleged involvement in what’s described as a "large drug trafficking operation" in Burlington.

The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa said five people were arrested Tuesday during the execution of nearly a dozen search warrants. They made their initial appearances in federal court Wednesday morning.

  • Kendrick Page – 36 – arrested in West Burlington, Iowa
  • Lamar Harris – 36 – arrested in Burlington, Iowa
  • Breon Armstrong – 18 – arrested in Burlington, Iowa
  • Tristan Davis – 34 – arrested near Ottumwa, Iowa
  • James Miles Jr. – 34 – arrested in Forrest Hill, Texas.

The identities of the other three people facing federal drug and weapons charges were not released because they were not yet in police custody. Three other people were taken into custody during the raids on unrelated warrants.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the federal charges against the eight carry maximum prison sentences of 40-years to life  without the possibility of parole.

The agencies involved in the multi-state investigation, which began in 2017, include the FBI, the police departments in Burlington, Keokuk, Fort Madison, Monmouth, Galesburg, and Macomb, and the sheriff’s offices in Lee, Des Moines and Adams counties.

In addition, 18 other people from the Burlington area have been indicted in the past two years on various drug and weapons charges.

  • John Auwaerter – sentenced to 15 years in prison
  • Michael Davis – sentenced to 10 years in prison
  • Rachel Horn – sentenced to 20 years in prison
  • Tyreon Woodard – sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison
  • Gerald Terry
  • Pamela Hester
  • Michael Davison
  • Norris Davison
  • Wilbert Bowers
  • Justin Love
  • Anthony Collins
  • Demetrius Alexander
  • Charles Warner
  • Lloyd Davenport
  • Johnathan Sneed
  • Allen Fields Jr.
Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.