Online Staff Report
Dec. 31, 2013, a Rockford Police Department K-9 unit followed a vehicle after observing it make a traffic violation. During this time, the officer ran a check of the offending vehicle’s license plate. The return on the check confirmed the license plates were suspended for a mandatory insurance violation. It also revealed the registered owner, Eduardo Ramirez, 22, of Rockford, had a suspended driver’s license.
The officer conducted a traffic stop and confirmed the driver was Ramirez. The officer then utilized his canine partner to sniff the exterior of the suspect vehicle. After the canine alerted on the vehicle, the officer searched the interior of the vehicle and located several clear bags of an off-white crystal-like substance that later field-tested positive for the probable presence of methamphetamine.
Nearly 6 pounds of the suspected methamphetamine was recovered.
Ramirez has been charged with failure to signal when required, operation of a motor vehicle when registration is suspended for mandatory insurance violation, driving while license suspended and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. He is being held at Winnebago County Jail.
Posted Jan. 2, 2014