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UPDATE: Seven arrested in Rock County on federal drug and gun charges

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- A nine-month operation by federal and local authorities put seven people in jail Thursday, facing federal drug and weapon charges, in an effort to clean up Rock County.

For months, investigators have been gathering information on suspects in Beloit, using undercover officers. That led to tactical operations early Thursday morning, ending in seven arrests out of 10 targeted individuals. See the below explanation from the U.S. Attorney's Western District of Wisconsin office for details on the suspects and their charges.

The effort is part of a long-term collaboration between Beloit police, Rock County Sheriff's Office, the FBI, G-ROC, the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, and Safe Street Task Force Operation. 

"Rock County is a wonderful safe place to live. I want that to be very, very clear," says U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil. "But like most places, there is a small group whose criminal activity involving guns, involving drugs, affects the quality of life for the other folks who live in Rock County."

Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs says the arrests illustrate what police are doing behind the scenes in the community.

"This take-down is proof of a long-term collaboration by city and federal agencies as an effort to reduce violence in Beloit," Jacobs says. "This is just one bit of evidence of what is going on in our community to make it a better, safer place to live."

Tactical teams from each agency went to the homes of the suspects and secured the areas. Everyone was taken into custody without incident and no one was hurt. Authorities do not believe the persons of interest are necessarily connected to one another, beyond having similar criminal interests.

"If you want to come to Rock County and you want to commit crime, we're going to get you," says Sheriff Robert Spoden. "Whether it's the Beloit Police Department, Rock County Sheriff's Office or the federal government, we're going to get you. We're going to make sure justice is served for our citizens."

Federal officials say they're here for the long haul in Rock County to keep violence out of the community.

"A lot of the things that drive or fuse the train for these partnerships is the community voices and the fact that you as a community did not want to tolerate, did not want to see continued violence in your neighborhoods, so I just want you to know that your voices are being heard," says Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joel Lee, with ATF.

The suspects are all expected to appear in federal court in Madison this week, facing decades in prison.

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UPDATE (WKOW) --- Seven Rock County residents were arrested Thursday on federal drug and gun charges.

Here is the information from the press released from the Department of Justice:

Ceasar Hernandez, 24, Beloit, is charged with four counts of distributing cocaine, one count of distributing marijuana, and with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The complaint against him alleges that he distributed cocaine on January 27, March 12, April 9, and April 15, 2015, and that he distributed marijuana on April 25, 2015. The complaint also alleges that on April 15, 2015, he possessed a .22 caliber handgun which he sold to an individual working as a confidential informant to law enforcement agents.

United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil

Western District of Wisconsin

If convicted, Hernandez faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each distribution count, and 10 years in federal prison on the gun charge. The prosecution of Hernandez will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Przybylinski Finn.

Llewellyn D. Sams, 36, Beloit, is charged with distributing heroin and three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The complaint alleges that he distributed heroin on March 12, 2015. The complaint further alleges that on March 12, he possessed a .270 caliber rifle that he sold to an undercover officer, that on April 6, 2015, he possessed two 12 gauge shotguns that he sold to an undercover officer, and that on April 9, 2015, he possessed a .32 caliber pistol that he sold to an undercover officer.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for Sams, but he was already in custody in Rock County on a probation violation. He will not appear in federal court today.

If convicted, Sams faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the distribution count, and 10 years in federal prison on each gun charge. The prosecution of Sams will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

Fabian W. Jones, 33, Beloit, is charged with three counts of distributing crack cocaine. The complaint alleges that he distributed crack cocaine on August 28, 2014, September 12, 2014 and September 23, 2014. If convicted, Jones faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count. The prosecution of Jones will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Duchemin.

Paris D. Davis, 29, Beloit, is charged with two counts of distributing cocaine. The complaint alleges that he distributed cocaine on February 26 and March 23, 2015. If convicted, Davis faces a maximum penalty of 20 years on each count. The prosecution of Davis will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

Leon Patterson, 48, Beloit, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The complaint alleges that on January 8, 2015, he possessed a .40 caliber pistol and ammunition that he sold to an undercover officer. If convicted, Patterson faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The prosecution of Patterson will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Przybylinski Finn.

Patrick Maurice Little, 42, Beloit, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The complaint alleges that on January 15, 2015, he possessed a .380 caliber pistol and ammunition that he sold to an undercover officer. If convicted, Little faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The prosecution of Little will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Przybylinski Finn.

Byron Dewayne Kidd, 20, Beloit, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The complaint alleges that on March 19, 2015, he possessed a 9mm handgun that he sold to an undercover officer. If convicted, Kidd faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The prosecution of Kidd will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jarosz.




We are at the press conference and will have more on the arrests on 27 News at 5 & 6 and here on WKOW.com


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BELOIT (WKOW) --Beloit police say local, county and federal resources are engaged in law enforcement actions Thursday morning.

The police chief says there is no imminent threat to the community at large, and the operations were planned to target individuals or locations in Beloit. There may be temporary road closures or traffic disruptions in areas where there is police activity.

Police expect there to be official press releases from the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Rock County District Attorney's Office regarding Thursday morning's activities later in the day.

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