5 people face drug charges; police investigate link to Buster’s Bar & Grill

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Five people are facing charges following a months-long drug investigation by the Rockford Police Department. Police say at least one of the drug deliveries took place at Busters Bar in Loves Park, and they are continuing to investigate that link.

The months-long investigation was launched against Michelle Savaiano, 38 of Rockford. Police say they received numerous citizen complaints of suspected drug dealing from her home in the 200 block of North Madison Street. She was also a bartender at Busters Bar..

Detectives were also able to identify several people who were either buyers or suppliers of Savaiano’s drugs.

Over the past month, several arrests were made and search warrants were executed. Detectives recovered two firearms, and substances believed to be cocaine, hydrocodone and cannabis.

Savaiano faces two counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Erich Tresemer, 42 of Rockford, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver cannabis, and possession of a controlled substance.

Kody Lewis, 26 of Rockford and Christopher BIrd, 33 of Freeport, face possession of a controlled substance charges. Police are searching for James Earlywine, 35 of Dakota, on possession of a controlled substance charges.

Rockford Police and Loves Park Police continue to investigate the link to Busters Bar. This is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are possible.

The owner of Buster’s Bar and Grill, EJ Rossi, released the following statement:

“Busters Bar and Grill has been a staple in the community for over 7 years. We pride ourselves on providing people with a family friendly atmosphere. What happened with Michelle is not what this business stands for and is not a reflection on Busters as a whole.”

Audrey Moon

Audrey Moon

Asst. News Director

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