MACOMB — City police have disrupted what Macomb Investigations Lt. Lindsey May called a “Wal-Mart of drugs.” The move came Monday afternoon following the arrest of three men on Monday afternoon.
Those arrested following an extensive investigation involving the U.S. Postal Service  are: Zachary Dean Barnett, 18, of Good Hope, William Carter Hironimus-Wendt, 19, of Sciota and Jacob Cole Nelson, 22, of Macomb.
Barnett faces a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a child and seven counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and seven counts of possession of a controlled substance. Barnett has been assigned $5,000 cash bond for release.
Hironimus-Wendt was arrested on six counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, six counts possession of a controlled substance, manufacture/delivery of 30-500 grams of cannabis and possession of 10-30 grams of cannabis. Hironimus-Wendt’s bond is $2,000 cash for release.
Nelson was arrested on two counts of possession of a controlled substance. His bond is $500 cash. All three men have a court appearance scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on May 21 in the McDonough County District Court.
According to May, the investigation led to the discovery that illegal drugs were being delivered to Barnett and Nelson’s apartment through U.S. mail. May said the drugs were purchased through the “dark web,” which is a series of clandestine websites connected through anonymous user software. The variety of drugs allegedly purchased by Barnett through the “dark web” include cannabis, Xanax pills, LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, MDMA, Ecstasy and Modafinil (a stimulant). Police also recovered some gummy bear candies infused with THC as they executed search warrants at the apartments where the three men reside.
May said police had worked with postal inspectors on identifying a package coming to Macomb that contained illegal drugs and connected it to one of the residences. Police had learned of the operation through prior investigative work.
The charge against Barnett for delinquency of a child comes from Illinois State Police troopers’ belief that he had provided alcohol to an underage person the prior evening.
“This was a significant target for this area,” May said in reference to stopping the drug sales operation. “They were the supplier for both locals and college students.”

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