Rockford Man Charged In Federal Court With Drug Offense

ROCKFORD —(ENEWSPF)–May 29, 2015.  A Rockford, Ill. man was charged yesterday in federal court with possessing with the intent to distribute narcotic drugs.  ANTHONY ROSS, 34, of Rockford, Ill., was charged with possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base (crack cocaine), and heroin on May 28, 2015.  According to the complaint, Ross was taken into custody outside an apartment on 23rd Street in Rockford.  When law enforcement officers went into the apartment to execute a search warrant, they found $1,205 in cash, two loaded semi-automatic pistols, and numerous packages of cocaine, cocaine base and heroin.  When law enforcement officers went to a second location that day, a residence on Orchard Avenue in Rockford, they found over a kilogram of cocaine and 214 grams of heroin.

ROSS was brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnston yesterday for an initial appearance.  He was ordered to be held pending a detention hearing and a preliminary hearing on June 2, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.

Possession with the intent to distribute of the charged narcotic drug Controlled Substances carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison, at least 3 years of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine of up to $1,000,000.  If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines. 

The public is reminded that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The charge was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; CARL VASILKO, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; JOSEPH P. BRUSCATO, Winnebago County State’s Attorney; and GARY CARUANA, Winnebago County Sheriff.  Officers of the Rockford Police Department assisted in the investigation.

The government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John G. McKenzie.

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