On Aug. 25, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team (Tri-DENT), working directly with the Department of Homeland Security, the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office and the Ottawa Police Department, conducted an investigation into the trafficking and delivery of about 250 grams of methamphetamine in Ottawa.
The team of law enforcement agents and investigators executed a LaSalle County search warrant on Kansas Street in Ottawa. During the search of the residence, agents said they recovered a package containing about 250 grams of purported methamphetamine.
While investigating the occupants of the residence, agents arrested Elizabeth N. Rodriguez, age 32. Rodriguez was transported to the LaSalle County Jail for further investigation and was charged with one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, over 100 grams, a Class X felony.
Stemming from this investigation, the team conducted a controlled delivery of the purported methamphetamine. At that time, Enrique Vidal Santana-Diaz, 27, of Ottawa was arrested and transported to the LaSalle County Jail, where he later was charged with one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, over 100 grams, a Class X felony.
Both Rodriguez and Santana-Diaz were turned over to LaSalle County Jail. Deputies to await a felony bond hearing.
Tri-DENT consists of LaSalle, Streator, Princeton, Oglesby, Ottawa and Mendota police departments along with La Salle, Bureau and Putnam County sheriff’s offices.