Barbecue-smelling heroin leads to arrest of Silvis restaurant owner

Posted Online: Nov. 21, 2013, 8:33 pm
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by Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
A narcotics investigation culminated Wednesday in the arrest of a Silvis restaurant owner after one of his relatives allegedly delivered heroin smelling of barbecue to undercover agents.

Terrell Dupree Howard, 36, who lives in Silvis and owns Smokehouse Barbecue, 917 1st Ave., was booked into custody at the Rock Island County Jail about 4:40 p.m.

He was arraigned Thursday in Rock Island County Circuit Court on felony charges alleging that he manufactured/distributed 15-100 grams of cocaine and 10-30 grams of cannabis. He remained in custody on a $100,000 bond.

Mr. Howard alerted the suspicion of local narcotics agents during a separate investigation of an individual named Darrius D. Martin, 37, of Rock Island, according to Kevin Winslow, director of the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group.

Recently released from prison, Mr. Martin allegedly met with undercover agents in Silvis to exchange firearms and heroin, Mr. Winslow said.

Prior to these meetings, Mr. Winslow said agents watched Mr. Martin enter the barbecue restaurant and return carrying a package.

According to Silvis Police Chief Bill Brasche, "When the gun and the heroin were delivered to the agent, it smelled like barbecue."

Drug agents arrested Mr. Martin on Oct. 9 after selling him an inert firearm for a small amount of heroin, Mr. Winslow said. The same day, narcotics agents raided the restaurant, as well as the homes of Mr. Martin and Mr. Howard.

At Mr. Howard's residence, at 155 6th St., Mr. Winslow said agents discovered "dealer amounts of cocaine" and cannabis. A listed phone number for Mr. Howard's restaurant appeared to be disconnected Thursday.

Mr. Winslow said Mr. Martin's case was moved to federal court and he is expected to be charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm; online court records for the case were not available Thursday. Mr. Martin is being held without bond at the Rock Island County Jail.

Authorities say the two men are related, although it is unknown whether their alleged drug activity was conducted together or individually.

On Thursday, Chief Brasche commended the joint work of QCMEG and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in the arrest of the two men.

"We're very pleased. Obviously in a small town, you don't want this happening," he said. "We knew this was going on for some time, and we assisted how we could."

Authorities have recently seen an influx of these type of drug offenses, he said.

"There's been heroin cases left and right, and it's not just here, but it seems to be across the county," Chief Brasche said, adding, "Silvis is certainly a better place without Mr. Howard and Mr. Martin selling heroin, guns and cocaine."


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1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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