Online Staff Report
A 38-year-old Rockford man was arrested on drug charges Wednesday, May 7, after a weeks-long investigation by members of the Rockford Police Department’s Narcotics Unit.
Police say they received information that crack cocaine was being sold from the upper apartment at 1505 Magnolia St. During the investigation, narcotics detectives identified the suspect as James E. Ford III.
The Neighborhood Response Unit (NRU) executed a search warrant at the apartment, where Ford was located along with three other adults. A search of the residence yielded numerous individual plastic baggies that each contained suspected cocaine, United States currency, and other items associated with drug trafficking.
Ford has been charged with possession with intent to deliver 1-15 grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church. He is lodged in the Winnebago County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.
The other adults, two females and two males, were released without being charged.
Possession with intent to deliver 1-15 grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church is a Class X felony.