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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Billy Welch indicted for drug dealing

Arrest report for Billy Welch, brother of Chris Welch, president of board of education of Proviso Township High Schools.

[Billy Welch] was the passenger in a vehicle being driven by [Marco] THOMAS (2003 Cadi SUV). The vehicle had been stopped at 3801 W Harrison by Agent McQUILLAN & CIERNIAK (DEA Task Force) for traffic (vehicle had been driven in an erratic manner). For officer safety, subject was asked out of the vehicle, and subject complied along with driver THOMAS. A check of the area immediately accessible to both the driver and passenger revealed the follwing in the center console: Two(2) large plastic bags containing white rock substance (Suspect crack cocaine 240g), a loaded Smith & Wesson semi auto pistol, and $23,000.00USC. Subject placed under arrest, advised rights per Miranda, and was transported into the 011th District for processing.

Also Arrested: THOMAS, Marco M/1/30 16754 Carrington Dr South Holland, Il

Both Thomas and Welch were indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Thomas' prosecution was transfered to the feds. The prosecution of Billy Welch was dropped.

Billy Welch was represented by James J. Roche and Associates attorney Chris Welch. Judge Stuart E. Palmer presided over the case.


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