Peoria, IL – Wanted Man Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges After Traffic Stop


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Peoria, IL – A routine traffic stop conducted by Peoria Police in the early hours of Saturday, March 23, 2024, led to the arrest of 53-year-old Gregory A. Rucker, who was wanted on an active warrant. The stop took place in the 400 block of SW Washington around 12:50 a.m. for a traffic violation. Upon contact, officers confirmed Rucker’s warrant and detained him for further investigation.

According to the Peoria Police Department, a search of Rucker’s vehicle uncovered a firearm, illegal drugs, and a significant amount of currency, both in the vehicle and on Rucker himself. These findings resulted in Rucker’s arrest on charges including Armed Violence, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, in addition to several traffic violations. Rucker was transported to the Peoria County Jail following his arrest.

The police encourage anyone with information about violent crimes to contact the Peoria Police Department at (309) 673-4521, through tip411 (anonymously), or Crime Stoppers at (309) 673-9000. It is emphasized that all suspects and arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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