Lake County, IL – Sheriff’s SIG Seizes Over $2.5 Million in Drugs, Records High Fentanyl Busts in 2023


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Lake County, IL – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Group (SIG) celebrated a landmark year in 2023, marked by significant achievements in drug enforcement and public safety. 

This High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) funded task force has been at the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking and gun violence, with its operations leading to the arrest of 64 offenders, initiation of 167 criminal investigations, and the seizure of drugs worth over $2.5 million.

Sheriff John D. Idleburg highlighted the critical role of SIG in safeguarding the community, particularly through the seizure of over 17,000 fentanyl-laced pills, which significantly contributed to preventing potential overdose deaths in Lake County. 

The task force’s comprehensive crackdown on illegal substances also resulted in the confiscation of more than 120 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, nearly 10 pounds combined of powder cocaine and illegally trafficked cannabis, alongside close to 900 grams of methamphetamine, and 112 illegally possessed firearms, including ghost guns and automatic conversion devices.

Further emphasizing their commitment to community safety, the SIG played a key role in uncovering and dismantling a human trafficking operation in Saint Charles, aiding in the rescue of five victims. 


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