Trident Cocaine, Meth

(Upper left) Trini Morado of Chicago, (upper right) Chelsea Hardin of Sparland, (bottom left) David Harris of Galesburg and (bottom right) Thomas Roberson II of Knoxville. (LaSalle County Jail booking photos)

A Chicago man was arrested in Ottawa after allegedly selling cocaine to Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team agents last Friday.

According to a press release from Trident, 48-year-old Trini Morando of Chicago is charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a Class X felony.

Trident agents with assistance from the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police and Earlville Police conducted a buy/bust operation in the 3000 blk. of N. Rt. 71 at around 1:35 p.m.

During the operation, agents conducted a controlled purchase of approximately 36 grams of cocaine from Morando.

Following the purchase, agents arrested Morando on the charge.

Morando was transported to the LaSalle County Jail for booking.

A Sparland woman, a Galesburg man and a Knoxville man were arrested for allegedly possessing and delivering methamphetamine in LaSalle on Tuesday.

Trident officials say 22-year-old Chelsea Hardin of Sparland and 37-year-old David Harris of Galesburg were charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine between 15 and 100 grams, a Class X Felony.

Thirty-six-year-old Thomas Roberson II of Knoxville was also arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony, in the incident.

Trident agents and LaSalle Police officers conducted a buy/bust operation in the 300 blk. of Civic Rd. in LaSalle at around 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday.

During the operation, agents conducted a controlled purchase of approximately 22 grams of methamphetamine from Hardin and Harris. Following the delivery, agents arrested Hardin and Harris.

Officials say Harris was found to be in possession of an additional 7.5 grams of methamphetamine; Hardin had an additional 3 grams in a purse that allegedly belonged to her.

Another suspect, who was later identified as Roberson II, was also taken into custody following the incident. Officials say Roberson II was found to be in possession of less than a gram of methamphetamine, as well as several counterfeit $100 bills.

Hardin, Harris and Roberson II were transported to the LaSalle Police Department for further investigation prior to charges being filed.

Officials say that additional charges for the other methamphetamine located and the counterfeit money are pending review from the LaSalle County State's Attorney's Office.

Hardin, Harris and Roberson II were transported to the LaSalle County Jail for booking.

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