Winnebago County Makes Biggest Drug Bust in Their History


“This is the biggest drug bust our county has ever seen.,” said Rockford Police Chief, Dan O’Shea.

The Rockford Police Department and Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s office, partnering up with the DEA, the FBI, and Illinois Attorney General’s, Lisa Madigan, among others, to present the results of a year-long narcotics investigation.

“This case is the result of great collaboration among authorities of all levels of government in Illinois,” said Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan.

On November 22nd, a warrant was executed at this residence at 629 16th ave.

“Officers recovered 50 kilos of cocaine, 19 kilograms of methamphetamine, and one kilogram of fentanyl,” said O’Shea. “The drugs seized have an approximate  value of $8.6 million dollars.”

In addition, 4 cars were seized, along with two loaded handguns, and $116,000 dollars in cash.

58 yr-old Luis Ruiz was found in the house, and is now in custody facing several charges, including the delivery of a controlled substance, and 3 counts of the intent to deliver a controlled substance.

His son, 26 yr-old Rafael Ruiz, is still wanted.

He is facing several charges including the possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and the unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Both could be facing up to 60 years in prison.

Police say seizing these drugs could signal a drop in violent crimes, and deaths from overdoses.

And officials agree, this won’t be their last big drug bust.

“Drug dealing at it’s heart is a business,” said Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato. “And when a business is interrupted this way the clear message should be and is, don’t deal drugs in Winnebago County, it’s not going to be a successful business.”

The next court date for Luis Ruiz will be on December 8th.

Officials are still looking for Rafael Ruiz, and is asking for public’s help in locating him.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is being asked to contact Rockford Police or Crime Stoppers.

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