9 Month Long DrugTrafficking Investigation Results in 7 Arrests

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Heroin, weapons, hundreds, thousands of dollars in cash were all seized as local and federal police bust a major Rockford drug operation.  Seven people are behind bars providing a positive ending to a nearly one year long investigation.

The drug bust means putting suspected dealers behind bars, but also pulling about $100,000 worth of heroin from the streets.  The FBI led a task force during a nine month investigation with help from several law enforcement agencies in the Stateline.

“Tuesday, we had two federal indictments returned in Rockford charging four different individuals,” said John McKenzie with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Those individuals areTyshon Watson, 22, Tervarie Lottie, 29,  Johnia Wilson, 39, and Jasmine Bradley, 29, were all taken into custody on charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

“[It’s] Heroin right now, especially with the opioid crisis were having,” said Rockford Police Department Chief Dan O’Shea. “[With] the overdose deaths were getting, it’s definitely something were focusing on.”

10 federal warrants were issued.  Officials say they seized a little over a kilo of heroin, $250,000 cash, four hand guns and several vehicles, but that’s not all.

“In addition to that, a criminal complaint was filed in federal court,” said McKenzie.

Different case, but related to the operation, officials arrested felon Daniel Davenport, 38, for possesion of a firearm.  The 6th arrested was William Evans, 67, on firearm and drug charges.  Lastly, Latrese Lottie,44, for possession and delivery of cocaine.  Officials saying this large scale drug bust will make a difference.

“With us, the Sheriff, the State police, all the federal agencies violent crime is our number one concern,” said O’Shea.  “But, It’s synonymous with drug dealing.”

FBI Assistant Special Agent Jay Greenburg says the long work days are efforts put in to make the area a safer place for residents.

“In the Northern district of Illinois, one of our top priorities is to investigate violent crime. that includes arresting those who commit drug offenses,” said Greenburg.  “Citizens of Rockford demand that and were here to deliver it.”

All seven arrested pleaded not guilty and will remain in custody until next week when they appear in court for detention hearings.  Bradley is scheduled for an arraingment next week as well.

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