1 arrested, 6 wanted in Rockford Police investigation into illegal guns, drugs

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross and Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea announced charges against seven men as the result of a narcotics and firearms investigation that began in September 2019.

Hite Ross said the investigation was aimed at removing illegal firearms and drugs from the community.

One man were arrested, and six are wanted and still at large.

John Shanklin, 32, is in custody, charged with three counts of Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon.

John Shnakliln. Photo: Winnebago County Jail

Ellsworth Dismuke, 29, is wanted on a $500,000 bond, and is charged with Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon, and Aggravated Fleeing to Elude.

Ellsworth Dismuke. Photo: Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office

Trivell Smith, 29, is wanted on a $500,000 bond, and is charged with Armed Habitual Criminal and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Trivell Smith. Photo: Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office

Tyrone Cooper, 27, is wanted on a $1 million bond, and is charged with two counts of Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon.

Tyrone Cooper. Photo: Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office

Robert Montgomery, 40, is wanted on a $500,000 bond, and is charged with Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon.

Robert Montgomery. Photo: Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office

Denis Lyles, 31, is wanted on a $750,000 bond and is charged with Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon.

Denis Lyles. Photo: Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office

Kevin Boose, 29, is wanted on a $300,000 bond and is charged with Delivery of Cocaine.

Kevin Boose. Photo: Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office

Hite Ross said numerous firearms were recovered during the investigation, including rifles and revolvers.

The FBI also participated in the investigation, Hite Ross said.

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