Freeport, Illinois – The Freeport Police Department in cooperation with the Illinois State Police State Line Area Narcotics Team (S.L.A.N.T.) has been conducting an investigation into illegal drug sales by individuals within the Freeport Community. Areas of the community that have had complaints of open air drug trade were targeted during the investigation. The individuals identified during this investigation are spreading poison within Freeport to the vulnerable citizens of our community and surrounding areas who suffer from a disease called addiction.
Some of the subjects identified during the course of this investigation had prior convictions for robbery, Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon, Resisting or Obstructing Police Officers, as well as prior offenses relating to possession of Cannabis and the distribution of other illegal drugs. On 08/03/16, S.L.A.N.T. and the Freeport Police Department began the Third wave of arrests in regard to the ongoing investigations. Both agencies
working together executed more arrest warrants.
Barbara Mitchell (07/31/83), of Freeport, was arrested for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (cocaine) within 1000 feet of a Church (friendship Missionary Baptist church 920 S Carroll). Mitchell’s bond is set at $200,000 10%. Mitchell was also charged with Possession of a controlled substance after officers located suspected cocaine at the time of her arrest.
Antonio Bluett (01/30/85), of Freeport, was arrested for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Heroin) within 1000 feet of a Church (Embury United Methodist Church 515 S Galena). Bluett’s bond has been set at $200,000 10%.
Whitney Hellwig (01/14/95), of Freeport, was arrested for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Heroin) within 1000 Feet of a church (New Jerusalem Church 4 E Iroquois, Freeport). Hellwig’s bond has been set at $200,000 10%.
Both agencies have worked together to arrest 11 individuals on during this time period. This is the third wave of arrests in regard to the ongoing investigations. More investigations are ongoing at this time. As those investigations are concluded, arrest warrants will be issued for additional subjects who have been engaged in the distribution of illegal drugs in our community.
All suspects depicted in this press release should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.