UPDATE: Rockford Man Charged with Drug Induced Homicide

By: WIFR Newsroom; Jessica Geraci
By: WIFR Newsroom; Jessica Geraci

UPDATE: DEKALB (WIFR) -- A Rockford man is in jail on a $500,000 bond for drug-induced homicide.

Authorities are accusing 23-year-old Demario Ware of selling heroin to a DeKalb County Man who died from an overdose. Kurt Hudson was found dead in his home at the end of September.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Two alleged drug dealers are pulled off the streets for selling one for selling one of the most dangerous substances in our community—heroin. It’s a drug that’s killed hundreds of people in our community and ruined so many lives.

Police say when they arrested these two men, people were walking right up to the car and buying drugs, steps away from a busy intersection.

Rockford Police worked with the drug enforcement agency to nail these guys, Demario Ware and Marlon Pendleton.

Police say they were peddling individual bags of heroin near Newburg and Alpine. They both face multiple felony charges including possession and intent to deliver heroin. Neighbors say drug deals are common in the neighborhood and police agree saying heroin is found all over Winnebago County.

“The way of having your local drug house is a thing of the past. It’s not in one side of time, it’s not in one neighborhood. It can be prevalent in every part of the community, and every town, every village is experiencing these heroin overdose deaths,” said Lt. Pat Hoey with the Rockford Police Department.

According to the Winnebago County Coroner’s office, more than 35 people in the Stateline have died from overdosing on heroin in 2013.

To prevent more deaths, the DEA, Rockford narcotics detectives and the Stateline Drug Task Force plan to move into one office so there is more cooperation like this recent drug bust.

Employees at one Stateline store say most of the people who steal from them are doing it to pay for their drug addiction.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Two Rockford men have been arrested after allegedly selling heroin on the city's east side.

Police say they had received a tip that 23-year-old Demario Q. Ware was driving around selling the drug. Investigators found Ware and three others Monday in the 1600 block of South Alpine Road finishing up a drug sale. Detectives later tried to arrest Ware in the 1800 block of Remington Road. Ware and 21-year-old Marlon D. Pendelton fled on foot. Two men in the back seat were also taken into custody. Ware and Pendleton were chased down and arrested.

Detectives found bags of heroin, money and a 9 mm handgun in the vehicle.

The two men sitting in the back have been released without charges. Ware and Pendleton were taken to Winnebago County Jail. Ware also has a warrant for his arrest for fleeing to elude.

Ware is being charged with delivery of less than one gram of heroin, possession with intent to deliver 1-15 grams of heroin, resisting a peace officer, armed violence and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Pendelton is being charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapons, no FOID and resisting a peace officer. No bond has been set yet.


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