ROCKFORD (WREX) — Sixteen people have been charged in a months long drug investigation in Rockford.
The Winnebago County State's made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.
The investigation began in 2019 and was a joint investigation between several agencies, including Rockford Police, Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, DEA Rockford and the FBI.
Six firearms were recovered and 17 potential vehicles being seized during the investigation.
Twelve of the sixteen people face charges at the state level, while the other four face federal charges.
Here's who the State's Attorney's Office announced charges against:
- John Curtis, in custody, facing multiple charges of delivery of cocaine
- Daniel McCune, in custody, faces multiple heroin charges
- Eunice Jarrett, in custody, charged with delivery of heroin
- Gregory Watson, in custody, faces multiple heroin charges
- Fernando Freeman, in custody, faces cocaine, heroin and unlawful use of a weapon charges
- Marlon Powell, wanted on cocaine and marijuana charges
- Sherman Jones, wanted on heroin charges
- Antwon Sherman, wanted on cocaine charges
- Thomas Cravens, wanted on animal habitual charges
- Tyrone L.T. Anderson, wanted on unlawful use of a weapons charge
- Demargio Tripp, wanted on cocaine, cannabis, armed habitual criminal and unlawful use of a weapon charges
- Joe Anderson, pled guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance in Jan.
Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said the following at the press conference:
"We will continue to use all resources to go after the people causing problems in this city. Make no mistake that the violence and the violent crimes that are committed in this city are mostly because of drugs and gangs. These drug dealers are the ones we're going after. They're holding guns they're shooting each other, they're dealing drugs. We're going after them with everything we've got."