Stateline Police Sweep for Drug Dealers

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Neighborhood watch has been taken to a whole new level. Police removed millions of dollars worth of drugs from our community all thanks to a few concerned phone calls.

Fifty officers from various Stateline police agencies started knocking on doors early this morning. They served six warrants and went off of tips called in by neighbors.

It was collaborative policing at its finest. The operation took ten hours and focused on addresses--not people. Their biggest find was a million dollars worth of pot plants. They searched 39 locations, arrested 12 people, and also removed $2500 in drug money. They found $2,000 worth of cocaine, more than $70,000 worth of marijuana, and cannabis plants worth more than $1 million.

Today police officers thanked citizens for making them aware of problem areas.


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  • by MCZilla Location: Rockford on Dec 2, 2011 at 03:48 PM
    Way to go WIFR! You and all the other news teams have reported false information on some of the people arrested, and possibly ruined their lives! It's weed, not cocaine! You are liars, and so are the cops. Get your facts straight, then report the news.
  • by daver Location: rrstar on Dec 1, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    wifr is a joke why wont u post all comments does the politicians own u too
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      by westy on Dec 2, 2011 at 07:37 AM in reply to daver
      Right on Daver, they only print what they feel is PC. SO SAD, PRINT ALL COMMENTS !!!
  • by CJ Location: Rockford on Dec 1, 2011 at 02:06 PM
    I don't smoke pot or drink, I am a retired teacher and Grandmother afraid for the safety of my family and neighbors. That's why I must comment on the Clean Sweep story. Pot doesn't kill people. Guns and Drunk Drivers kill people! When will local law enforcement and political and religious leaders address the more serious issues of violent crime, unemployment and sex offenders? People need jobs, affordable housing and education. Overnight robberies involving guns has not been hampered by Clean Sweep results! I have read all the comments here and I am disgusted by the ignorance of bigotry, disheartened by the poor spelling(indicative of a lack of education), and left wondering why the religious community doesn't practice what it preaches! When will the people elected, appointed and ordained start doing their jobs instead of helping themselves? Think about it the next time you vote or listen to the same old tired sermons! Action speaks louder than words! Vote for new leadership. Current leadership is failing!
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      by Aaron on Dec 2, 2011 at 09:13 AM in reply to CJ
      WELL SAID CJ!!!!!
  • by Me on Dec 1, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    This bust is not gonna help rockford.there is alot more drugs and drug dealers out there than you can imagine.u get rid of 1 but theres alot waiting for that spot and is never gonna stop because theres a big demand.its drug infested.and drugs bring violence and chaos.its never gonna stop.lets get together and do something. God bless u all!
  • by wtf Location: rockford on Dec 1, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    crime is all over rockford and so is subsidized housing. they kinda go together. they think that moving these people into good neighborhoods will help them acclimate to a productive lifestyle. that's a complete failure. until these people have an actual investment in something they won't care. thats why i propose that if the taxpayers are paying to put a roof over your head you must give back instead of take away. mandatory community service for all welfare recipients. i live in what was a nice area when i moved here 10 years ago. and only one thing has changed. it's the renters not the homeowners that cause the problems. homeowners protect their investment. while section 8 renters have no investment. it's free. it's funny how these people get assistance for food and housing and drive escalades. where is the regulation. these people have mastered the system and live better than most people with jobs. welcome to the welfare states of america where we pay you to be lazy and sell drugs. glad to see they finally busted some people for something other than marijuana. a drug that has never killed a single person on record. but if all they did was bust people for selling crack they would be called racist and jesse jackson would be back.
  • by Joe Location: Rockford on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    Hmmm they just busted and its on Wifr's website 32 tons of Marijuana in a California tunnel yesterday. I wonder how many days/ months/years this tunnel has been there. You do the math 32 tons at 2200 hundred a ton well that makes 70,400 pounds of marijuana, ruffly 45 million dollars worth and like I said we have no idea how long this was there. Im sorry RPD but this sweep my friends in the 9th worst city is baby guppies in Lake Michigan.
  • by Wendy Location: Roscoe on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    Marijuana is not the problem in Rockford. Its the poor parenting/ herion and crack cocaine. Those are the drugs we need to go after. Theres never been a overdose on marijuana can't happen if anything it would put you to sleep. Herion and cocaine is whats destroying families and the community. Go after the root of the problem not just a leaf on the plant. This was not a successful sweep at all lets get real look at the stats at how many homes they searched and what they found. And there numbers they put up are only for the dumb and nieve people that wouldn't know any better but they mark up everything up 100% no one would even pay there prices but the police this is a recesion come on. They just want the community to feel as they are making progress but in the end theres always someone to replace someone and so on and the fight on drugs will never end sad but true look at the amounts smuggled into the USA everyday this is sand in the Ocean compared to that. Hey lets not forget what city was rated #9 in USA ROCKFORD
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      by Aaron on Dec 2, 2011 at 10:42 PM in reply to Wendy
      Good points but it is not Heroin or Cocaine that is the problem either. Those can be harmful drugs but maybe 10,000 people a year die from illegal drug overdoses but LEGAL PRESCRIPTION DRUGS KILL 600,000 plus a year. There are many many more victims of drug laws than drugs. It is a war on CERTAIN drugs in this country. Americans love drugs! If poor people had insurance and could get prescription drugs instead of street drugs than they would. We need to end the war on drugs and treat addiction with counseling and care not prison. Most prisons are privately owned now in this country and for every person arrested gets them $50,000 per year in revenue, from us taxpayers! Than you have the prison unions who also gain tremendously by each person arrested. They hire lobbyist and fight for tougher sentencing. Recently NY city was sued by The criminal justice policy foundation for basically running a scam of busting minorities for marijuana. The police prefer marijuana arrest because those arrested are usually compliant, nice to talk too, clean and easy. Rockford cops are SCARED of the real criminals and the city has gone to hell quickly because of it. I got an idea if the city of Rockford gets 1 million in cannabis than they should sell it to one of the 16 states in the US that have medical cannabis laws and Rockford could use that money to help the city!! These cops should check out what experienced law enforcement officials have to say at www.leap.cc
  • by joker Location: rockford on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    why do they continue to try and embellish the dollar value of what the seize???? a million dollars??? give me a break...they are just trying to justify their massive wages and budgets!! start looking for the hoods running robbing everybody with guns.... we need concealed carry!!!!
  • by Charles Location: Winnebago on Dec 1, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    All you idiots who are saying it ls a waste of time and selling drugs is okay are the biggest problems of all. Teaching their kids drugs are okay so they can be drop outs and rob businesses because their need is overwhelming. Just stupid idiotic way of thinking. You justify wrong to make it look right. Truly lame.
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      by Aaron on Dec 2, 2011 at 10:46 PM in reply to Charles
      For the first time ever prescription drug overdose reached the same level as auto accidents. So who is teaching people drugs are ok? Seems like Ritalin is the drug of choice for kids these days and thats coming from your neighborhood DR. CVS and Wal greens are on every corner... hustling!
  • by deb Location: rockford on Dec 1, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    After listening to the News this AM, the cops missed a few guns. The criminals are probably laughing today. I bet there's no one in Rehab for smoking Pot. It's not addictive!
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      by Aaron on Dec 2, 2011 at 09:19 AM in reply to deb
      There is big money in rehab for cannabis use and big money in the harmful prescription drugs they give people to get off of cannabis. Yes there are many people in rehab for cannabis but the thing is that it is INVOLUNTARY and court ordered 99.9% of the time!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:28 PM in reply to deb
      Deb, if pot is not addictive, why are people constantly smoking it on a daily basis????
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