Seven face federal drug charges in Rockford-area busts

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A drug investigation that began in February in Rockford results in two federal indictments.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John McKenzie announced the charges in the case - called Operation Lodi Dodi - during a news conference Friday afternoon.

During the execution of search warrants, investigators found one kilo of heroin, with a street value between $80,000 and $100,000, according to Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea. Police also seized $250,000 in cash, four guns and several cars.

Investigators arrested Tervarie Lottie, 29; Johnia Wilson, 39; and Tyshon Watson, 22, on charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin between May and October 2017. Watson and Lottie also face charges of distributing heroin.

The indictment also charges Jasmine Bradley, 26, with three counts of distributing heroin. She is currently in the Winnebago County Jail on unrelated charges.

In a related case, Daniel Davenport, 38, is charged on a federal complaint of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Both William Evans, 67, and Latrese Lottie, 44, face drug charges in separate cases.

"Collaboration, enhanced by technology and intelligence driven models are resulting in unprecedented enforcement and arrests," Winnebago County States Attorney Joe Bruscato said.

Lottie, Watson, Wilson and Davenport pleaded not guilty in federal court. Bradley will be arraigned November 7.

Operation Lodi Dodi, according to FBI Chicago Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jay Greenberg, combines the work of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, the Rockford Police Department, the FBI-led Rockford Area Violent Gang Task Force, as well as the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois.