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Meth, retina-scanning computers found during raid of Illinois ‘drug-trafficking headquarters’

February 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Meth, retina-scanning computers found during raid of Illinois ‘drug-trafficking headquarters’

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Law enforcement officials in Illinois have requested to seize the residence of Rico Hogan, 58, for drug-trafficking following a raid in Madison County.

Authorities allege that Hogan was trafficking drugs, including meth, at the residence. Police have referred to the home as a “drug-trafficking headquarters.”

At the start of 2018, state authorities searched Hogan’s residence and discovered guns, drugs, cash, electronics, retina-scanning computers and a surveillance system. During the probe, police pulled over a vehicle that was leaving Hogan’s home, and a Troy K-9 unit recovered 908 grams of meth, 119 grams of oxycodone and a loaded firearm in the car, KMOV reported.

A few days after the search, officers arrested and charged Rico Hogan with 17 felonies, which include possession and meth trafficking.

Rico Hogan was arrested and charged with 17 felonies. (Credit: Madison County Sheriff’s Office)

After the man’s arrest, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office requested to force forfeiture of the residence.

Madison County officials made the filing under a state law that permits authorities to seize assets alleged to be used in the drug trade.

This is not Hogan’s first altercation with the law. He was also a suspect in the fatal shooting of a drug user discovered dead in an alley in St. Louis.

Authorities searched an apartment Hogan was renting at the time and discovered marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, a stolen firearm, and $19,845 in cash.

Hogan’s bail is set at $5 million.

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