50 Kilos of Cocaine Seized, One Arrested


Police seize 50 kilos of cocaine, other drugs and arrest one.

The Rockford Police Dept. announced Thursday it arrested Luis Ruiz, 58, in a massive drug bust.  On Nov. 22nd, a joint effort consisting of the Rockford Police Dept., DEA, Illinois State Police, FBI, and the Attorney General’s Office, executed a drug raid at a home at 629 16th Avenue.

Officers encountered two people inside the home, a woman and Ruiz.  The woman was released without charge.  Inside, police say they found several drugs and other items, including:

  •     50kg of cocaine
  •     19kg of methamphetamine
  •     Fentanyl, a powerful pain killer.
  •     2 guns
  •     $116,000 in cash
  •     4 vehicles

The estimated street value of the drugs is $8.6 million.

Luis Ruiz is charged with 3 counts of possession w/intent to deliver a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance.  Police also have a warrant for the arrest of Rafael Ruiz, 26.  He’s wanted for possession w/intent to deliver a controlled substance and 2 counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

The younger Ruiz is currently facing drug charges in a separate case.  He was also pled guilty on another drug charged back in 2011.

Anyone with information on Rafael Ruiz’s whereabouts is urged to contact Police or CrimeStoppers.

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