Feds announce Kane County arrests on gun, drug charges
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Another 10 individuals also face state drug or weapons charges in Kane County, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
During the investigation that began in spring, 2011, officers seized five firearms, including two shotguns, and “various amounts of crack and powder cocaine and heroin,” the release said.
Five of the suspects charged with federal offenses were arrested today; the other four were already in custody, officials said.
The nine were charged with at least one count of distribution of a controlled substance. Two also were charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and were accused of allegedly selling a weapon to a “cooperating individual,” according to the news release.
The investigation was led by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and involved the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Aurora Police Department.
Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas said the operation with federal law enforcement agencies was aimed at relentlessly attacking the link “between gangs, drugs, and illegal weapons.”