DAVENPORT, Iowa – On July 13, 2021, a federal jury convicted three men, all originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in Burlington, and elsewhere, as a part of a drug conspiracy dating back to 2008.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Kendrick Ramon Page, age 39; Tristan Kareem Davis, age 36; and Breon Raquon Armstrong, age 20; entered an agreement with each other, and others, to distribute crack cocaine and ice methamphetamine in Burlington and elsewhere. Page relocated from Shreveport to Burlington while he was still in school and had brought others, including Davis and Armstrong, from Shreveport to assist in Page’s drug trafficking activities. The evidence showed Page had been involved in trafficking drugs in Burlington since the early 2000s.
Acting United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal made the announcement. “This case is a testament to the dedication and hard work of multiple federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and our prosecution partners at the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office, working together to bring a long standing drug organization to justice,” stated Westphal.
Des Moines County Sheriff Kevin Glendengin stated, “This was a long-term, collaborative investigation involving numerous investigators from many different agencies. The excellent work and tireless efforts of these investigators are a testament to their dedication to making our communities a safe place to live, work, and play. The Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office is proud to have worked together with all the law enforcement professionals involved in this investigation, and to get these dangerous narcotic distributors out of our communities.”
Donald Payton of the Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 4 Commander remarked, “This investigation was a fantastic collaboration between local, state, and federal law enforcement partners in a multi-state area. The number of arrests made during this investigation will make a significant impact on narcotic distribution in West Central Illinois, Southeast Iowa, and Northeast Missouri. The West Central Illinois Task Force will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners and prosecutors in Iowa and Missouri to aggressively combat the illegal distribution of narcotics in the tri-state area.”
Page, Davis, and Armstrong were among eight defendants who faced federal charges as a result of an investigation in Burlington, Iowa; Quincy, Illinois; and elsewhere, which culminated in the execution of search warrants on November 19, 2019. Others charged as a part of this drug trafficking organization included Alphonso Edmond, Jr, who pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing; Frederrick Dewayne Reed, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 160 months of imprisonment; Lavelle Harris, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 262 months of imprisonment; Lamar Harris, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 210 months of imprisonment; and Michael Rees, who pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. Other individuals associated with this drug trafficking organization have been charged federally in the Southern District of Iowa, the Central District of Illinois, and the Northern District of Texas.
These charges stem from a long-term investigation conducted by numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies including: the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Taskforce; Burlington Police Department; Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office; Federal Bureau of Investigation; West Central Illinois Taskforce; Quincy, Illinois, Police Department; Drug Enforcement Administration; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; Henry County Sheriff’s Office; Mt. Pleasant Police Department; West Burlington Police Department; Keokuk Police Department; Ft. Madison Police Department; Lee County Sheriff’s Office; Iowa City Police Department; Johnson County Sheriff’s Office; North Liberty Police Department; Coralville Police Department; Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office; Louisa County Sheriff’s Office; Washington County Sheriff’s Office; Bettendorf Police Department; Illinois State Police; Monmouth, Illinois, Police Department; Macomb, Illinois, Police Department; Galesburg, Illinois, Police Department; Adams County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office; and Fulton County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office.
This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.