Investigation leads to pair of drug arrests

By on March 25, 2011

Photo: Ronnie McLarrin (left) and Thomas Skowronski (right).

MONTGOMERY—On March 17, the North Central Narcotics Task Force (NCNTF) concluded a two-month undercover investigation into illegal drug distribution with the arrests of Ronne McLarrin, 37, and Thomas Skowronski, 19, both of Montgomery.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., NCNTF Agents executed a search warrant in the 300 block of Webster St. in Montgomery at the residence of both McLarrin and Skowronski.

McLarrin was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon (Class 3 Felony, 1 count), Unlawful Possession of a Cannabis with the intent to Deliver (Class 4 Felony), Unlawful Possession of Cannabis (Class A Felony), and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor). Skowronski was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Weapon (Class 2 Felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon without FOID (Class A Misdemeanor), and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor).

Agents located and seized approximately an ounce of cannabis and one rifle, which had been reported stolen. The recovered weapon located by agents aided the Montgomery Police to charge Skowronski with a recent unsolved residential burglary. NCNTF agents were assisted in this investigation by the Montgomery Police Department, as well as the Illinois State Police. McLarrin and Skowronki were transported to the Kane County Jail, where they were incarcerated, awaiting a bond hearing.

“While this investigation did not involve a large amount of illegal drugs, the activity was causing concern and issues in the surrounding neighborhood,” NCNTF Director Bill Backus said. “The quality of life for the residents in the area is definitely improved with these arrests.”

If anybody has any information regarding illegal narcotic activity, please call the NCNTF at (630) 264-4335 or visit

The charges against McLarrin and Skowronski are not a proof of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the State’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.