ISP, Elmhurst & Northlake Police Join Forces & Foil Criminal Activity
STONE PARK, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced the results of a major narcotics interdiction detail that strategically assigned ISP Troopers from District Chicago, ISP Zone 1 Investigations, Elmhurst Police, and Northlake Police to combat violence and organized drug crime.
The ISP Zone 1 Narcotics Interdiction Unit led the initiative. ISP Troopers are trained and assigned to saturate pre-determined areas of known criminal and drug activity. The Unit also partners with other area law enforcement across Illinois.
On Tuesday, July 15, 2013, at approximately 11:38 a.m., ISP narcotics agents were conducting a joint investigation in the western suburbs of Cook County regarding criminal drug activity. Agents received information regarding a suspicious maroon 2005 Toyota Tacoma truck en route to the Chicago area driving along North Avenue, in Stone Park, Illinois.
ISP District Chicago Troopers who were working with the agents observed a traffic violation and initiated a traffic stop on the 3200 block of W. North Avenue, in Stone Park. Upon further investigation, an Elmhurst canine responded with a positive alert where approximately 100 kilos of cocaine were discovered in two rubber tubs located in the truck bed of the vehicle.
Police also found approximately $15,000 inside the pick-up truck. The male driver was arrested and relocated to the Northlake Police Department for further investigation.
“These joint investigations are critical in our mission to combat organized crime across state lines and into the communities,” said ISP Field Operations Lieutenant Colonel Terry Lemming. “When we collectively pool our law enforcement resources with other law enforcement partners, we keep citizens, roads and communities safe,” he added.
Illinois State Police officials also credit the success to Zone 1 investigators and District Chicago Troopers. “Our special agents and troopers work tirelessly and their instincts and solid training are our best law enforcement resource when it comes to dismantling organized crime,” said ISP Zone 1 Commander Deborah Simental.
ISP partners with area law enforcement agencies, metropolitan enforcement groups and drug task forces seizing illegal narcotics, weapons, currency, and other assets with successful results every year.
100 kilos of cocaine seized by the Illinois State Police Narcotics Interdiction Unit.
The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until the charges are proven in a court of law.