Seven Rockford men arrested on federal drug and gun charges

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Seven Rockford residents have been arrested by law enforcement officers on federal drug-trafficking and firearm charges.

Local law enforcement along with the FBI and DEA announced federal drug charges for seven Rockford residents.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Illinois, 27-year-old Derek Jacobs and 27-year-old Rico Turner, both of Rockford, were arrested on charges of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and heroin in Rockford from July through August 2019. The indictment returned last week also charged Jacobs with one count of distribution of heroin and two counts of distribution of fentanyl, and charged Turner with three counts of distribution of fentanyl.

Additional arrests in related cases included:
43-year-old Michael Alexander of Rockford was charged with
four counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of distribution of crack cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin.
24-year-old Rashad Davis of Rockford was charged with one count
of distribution of heroin and one count of distribution of a mixture containing fentanyl and heroin.
24-year-old Marcus Raymond, 48-year-old Terrail Hunter and 26-year-old Charles Davis, all of
Rockford, were each charged in separate cases with illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Alexander, Jacobs, Turner, and Hunter each pled not guilty and remain in custody on the federal charges pending detention hearings.

The conspiracy count against Jacobs and Turner carries a 5-year mandatory minimum and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

The charges were announced by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois alongside several other agencies, including Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea and Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana.