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Five charged after Rockford Police seize 43 illegal guns and drugs

The investigations are ongoing and further charges are possible.
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 9:55 AM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Nearly 50 illegal guns are now off the streets of Rockford after police search two homes on the city’s southeast side.

Five Rockford residents, including a father and son, were charged after a drug investigation on 19th Street Wednesday.

Tyler Krieter says he’s fed up with the violence happening around the city as too many people are taking their last breath staring down the barrel of a gun.

“Our kids are being killed out here, our parents are being killed out here our friends our co workers,” said Krieter.

Krieter formed a group called ‘Taking back Rockford’ to help curb area gun crime.

“We can’t just sit here and say we want stuff to change and not do anything about it,” said Krieter.

Detectives assigned to the Rockford Narcotics Unit received several complaints from citizens regarding drug dealing in and around the 1300 and 2900 blocks of 19th Street. Detectives identified the suspected residences and obtained search warrants for 1312 19th St. and 2906 19th St.

Over the past few days, Rockford police narcotics officers executed those search warrants. Detectives recovered cocaine, ecstasy, psilocybin mushrooms, a large amount of cannabis, various cannabis products, a large amount of money, ammunition and 43 firearms to include handguns and long guns, according to the Rockford Police Department.

The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office issued the following charges.

Keith Anthony Sr., 57 of Rockford - Possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver cannabis

Keith Anthony Jr., 25 of Rockford - Unlawful possession of a firearm

Javien Anthony, 30 of Rockford - Possession of cocaine and possession with intent to deliver cannabis

Mary Borgman, 39 of Rockford - Possession of cannabis

Curtis Davis, 38 of Rockford - Unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

The investigations are ongoing and further charges are possible.

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