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Local man arrested in Rockford after police receive tip

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
Justin E. Epps

DIXON – A Dixon man was arrested in Rockford Monday in connection with an ongoing drug investigation conducted by local police along with Blackhawk Area Task Force.

Justin E. Epps, 28, was taken into custody by Dixon Police at about 11:30 a.m. after a tip that a particular vehicle would be traveling from Dixon to Rockford to buy heroin. Dixon Police and task force officers located the vehicle, and Epps was an occupant. Police say that earlier Epps had been seen talking to an unknown person at a car wash on Rockford’s northwest side. A short time later, Epps was arrested near the Rockford Police Department. At the time of the arrest, police say they found less than 1 gram of heroin and less than one gram of cocaine on Epps.

Epps was charged with two counts of unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of criminal drug conspiracy and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was brought back to Dixon and turned over to Lee County Jail, awaiting bond.

Dixon Police remind citizens with information about any crimes to contact Dixon Police Department at 815-288-4411, or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-228-4488. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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