Four charged with drugs in coordinated Elgin raid
From staff reports June 20, 2012 11:06PM
Ruby Duckins, 69, of the 300 block of Kathleen Drive, Elgin, charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a Class X felony, and unlawful possession of firearm ammunition by a felon, a Class 2 felon.
Updated: July 23, 2012 7:42AM
ELGIN — Neighbors’ complaints led to the arrests of four Elgin men on drug charges Wednesday night, police said.
The arrests resulted from police executing four search warrants in the 300 block of Kathleen Drive, on Elgin’s west side, according to a police department press release.
Those warrants were executed in response to an undercover investigation initiated after police received complaints from neighbors that drug sales were being conducted throughout the building, police said.
The four warrants were served simultaneously and without incident, “demonstrating the high level of skill and professionalism within the Elgin Police Department,” according to the press release. The police department used its armored personnel carrier, nicknamed the BATT-Mobile (for “ballistic armored tactical transport”), during the operation, police confirmed.
Police said detectives recovered 6 grams of cocaine, items indicative of drug sales/use, two firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
Police said those arrested, all residents of the 300 block of Kathleen, were:
Ruby Duckins, 69, charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a Class X felony, and unlawful possession of firearm ammunition by a felon, a Class 2 felony. His bond was set Thursday at $200,000, and he was assigned a July 3 court date.
James E. Bell, 66, charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. He was expected to appear in bond court Friday.
Roosevelt D. Williams, 35, charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. He was released on bond pending a court hearing.
John W. Johnson, 65, charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. He was released on bond pending a court hearing.
“We will not allow drugs to be sold in our neighborhoods, much less in multiple locations at one address,” Elgin Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said in the release. “We will continue to aggressively investigate, arrest and charge anyone in the business of selling illegal narcotics. The Elgin Police Department is committed to partnering with our neighborhoods to make our community safe and encourages residents to report activity such as this.”