City seizes alleged east side drug house

Rockford Police executed a search of a home at 393 Madeline Trail Feb. 27. The residence, which has been the focus of past investigations and arrests, was allegedly used for the storage, sale and possible manufacturing of narcotics, police say.

According to a press release from Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey’s office, witnesses claim the house on the city’s east side was frequented by drug users and prostitutes.

City Attorney Jennifer Cacciapaglia indicated no arrests were made Feb. 27, but that a temporary injunction had been filed, barring Gerlando Galluzzo from use or occupancy of the home.

City officials say Galluzzo, the homeowner, had previously been warned any further infractions would result in an injunction.

“As the City Attorney, I have been able to resolve these matters without seizing the defendants’ homes, but in this circumstance, the defendant gave the city no alternative,” Cacciapaglia said. “We simply had to take this action in order to restore order in this neighborhood.”

From the March 7-13, 2007, issue

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