Rock Falls man indicted on drug, gun charges

By Jim Hagerty
Reporter

ROCKFORD – A Rock Falls man has been indicted by a Winnebago County grand jury on gun and drug charges.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announce Friday that 32-year-old Winston Wilbanks faces charges of armed habitual criminal, armed
violence, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver ecstasy, possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession with intent to deliver fentanyl.

“On April 27, 2020, Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies were on patrol when they observed a man with a firearm,” Hite  Ross said in a release. “The suspect placed the firearm inside a vehicle and attempted to walk away. When deputies attempted to detain the suspect, he resisted arrest.”

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Hite Ross said Wilbanks was in possession of the controlled substances when he was taken into custody.

Armed habitual criminal, armed violence, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, and possession with intent to deliver fentanyl are Class X felonies, with sentencing ranges of six to 30 years in prison. Possession with intent to deliver heroin is a Class 1 felonies, punishable by four to 15 years.

Wilbanks is scheduled to appear in court July 9. He’s being held in the Winnebago County Jail. His bond is set at $950,000.

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