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Heroin arrest in Illinois Valley area

PERU — The investigation into drug activity in the Illinois Valley area has led to the arrest of Jason D. Anderson, 24, of LaSalle.

On Friday, Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei announced the arrest of Anderson following an ongoing investigation by Peru Police SIU detectives specifically into the delivery and possession of heroin in the Illinois Valley area. Sales of suspected heroin took place during undercover police operations, Bernabei said.

Bernabei categorized this arrest as “another arrest that is part of the continuing effort by Peru drug detectives relating to the distribution and possession of heroin here in the Peru area.”

Anderson was arrested by Peru Police SIU detectives at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at his home in LaSalle. The detectives were assisted in the arrest by LaSalle Police detectives.

Bernabei said Anderson was taken into custody on a sealed LaSalle County arrest warrant for the Class 2 felony of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, heroin. Bond was set at $500,000 with 10 percent to apply. Anderson was taken to the Peru Police Department for processing and was to be taken later Thursday evening to the LaSalle County Jail.

Bernabei said Anderson is expected to make his first court appearance today, Friday.

As background to the case, Bernabei said Anderson has been a subject of the continuing investigation by Peru SIU narcotics detectives into heroin distribution in the Peru area.

“The mandate given to our drug officers is to make the distribution of heroin an absolute enforcement priority of our drug unit. Anderson is yet another individual who joins a group of many other people who have been arrested by Peru drug detectives involving the distribution of heroin in the Peru area," Bernabei said. "Our drug unit has been directed to continue these efforts, and I expect more arrests to follow.”

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