LASALLE — On Aug. 13 at about 1:35 p.m., the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team (Tri-DENT) and LaSalle Police conducted a buy/bust operation in the 300 block of Civic Road in LaSalle.
During the operation, Tri-DENT agents conducted a controlled purchase of approximately 22 grams of purported methamphetamine from Chelsea N. Hardin, 24, of Sparland and David M. Harris, 37, of Galesburg.
Following the delivery, Hardin and Harris were taken into custody. Harris had an additional 7.5 grams of methamphetamine on his person, and Hardin had an additional 3 grams of methamphetamine in a purse belonging to her.
Another suspect, Thomas E. Roberson II, 36, of Knoxville, was also taken into custody and had in his possession less than 1 gram of methamphetamine along with several counterfeit $100 bills.
Hardin, Harris and Roberson II were transported to the LaSalle Police Department for further investigation.
Following the investigation, Hardin and Harris were charged with unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, 15g-100g (Class X). Roberson II was charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine, less than 5g (Class 3). Additional charges for the other methamphetamine located and the counterfeit money will be pending the state’s attorney’s review.
All three are being held at the LaSalle County Jail awaiting a felony bond hearing. A news release from Tri-DENT notes that all subjects are innocent until proved guilty by a court of law.