Montgomery County Battery & Drug Charges


Montgomery County officials made two arrests Thursday for aggravated battery and multiple drug charges.

At approximately 12:10 p.m. Thursday a Montgomery County deputy on routine patrol on N. 24 Avenue, northwest of Raymond, observed 42 year old Regina L. Burks in the yard of a residence on the roadway. Knowing that Burks was wanted for a felony drug arrest warrant, the Deputy stopped and placed her into custody. Burks reportedly requested to speak with her friend that she lived with to obtain bond money. The deputy and Burks went to the doorway and spoke with her friend, 52 year old Joe A. Radcliff, of the same address. The deputy reported a strong odor of cannabis at the doorway and to further the investigation, attempted to detain Radcliff.

Radcliff allegedly resisted the deputy which escalated into a fight lasting approximately 10 minutes. At one point, law enforcement personnel lost contact with the deputy but heard him saying, “hurry” over the radio. The deputy eventually subdued Radcliff and personnel from the Illinois State Police, Litchfield Police Department, and additional Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on the scene.

The deputy was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield by Farmersville Ambulance Service for evaluation of minor injuries sustained in the altercation.

The South Central Illinois Drug Task force continued the investigation by executing a search warrant at the residence. The task force seized 40 pounds of suspected cannabis; over 200 suspected cannabis plants; approximately 45 grams of suspected methamphetamine; over 50 controlled substance prescription pills; and several fentanyl patches. Over $8000 in cash was also seized from inside the residence.

Radcliff and Burks are being held at the Montgomery County Jail pending official criminal charges.

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