The Rockford Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Rockford Task Force, McHenry County Narcotics Task Force, Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, and McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office announced updates today of an ongoing narcotics investigation.
For the last several months, the Rockford Police Narcotics Unit has been conducting an investigation regarding the sale of narcotics in and around the Rockford area. During the course of that investigation, they identified two suspects: 34-year-old Joseph Vogrinc, of Loves Park, and 42-year-old David Soskin of Bull Valley, Illinois.
In the late evening hours on Thursday, May 18, 2017, Rockford narcotics detectives, accompanied by agents from the DEA Rockford Task Force, conducted a traffic stop in the 4900 block of Rolex Parkway in Loves Park. Vogrinc’s residence was also searched as a part of the investigation. More than 5,000 grams of cannabis, over $55,000 in United States currency, and one vehicle was recovered and seized.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the following charges for:
ARRESTED: Joseph Vogrinc, 34, Loves Park, Ill.
CHARGES: Possession with intent to deliver cannabis >5,000 grams (Class X Felony)
BOND: No Bond
Vogrinc was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail in lieu of no bond.
As the investigation continued, Rockford narcotics detectives and agents from the DEA Rockford Task Force partnered with officers from the McHenry County Narcotics Task Force. A search warrant was obtained for the residence and property at 1001 Cherry Valley Road in Bull Valley, Ill. which consists of more than 30 acres, multiple buildings and a 17,000 square-foot primary residence.
Based on information obtained during the investigation, the McHenry County SWAT team, with assistance from Rockford and McHenry County narcotics officers, and agents from the DEA Rockford Task Force, executed the warrant in the early morning hours of Friday, May 19, 2017. Two residents, one of whom was Soskin, were located inside of the primary residence. Multiple firearms, including a 50-caliber machine gun, ammunition, United States currency, and a large amount of cannabis were recovered and seized.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the following charges for:
ARRESTED: David Soskin, 42, Bull Valley, Ill.
CHARGES: Manufacturing/delivery of cannabis >5,000 grams (Class X Felony)
Cannabis trafficking >5,000 (Class X Felony)
Possession of cannabis >5,000 grams (Class 1 Felony)
”The scale of the proceeds of this investigation, including illegal substances, cash, weapons and all the trappings of an extravagant lifestyle, are astounding,” said McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim. “We are very pleased to have contributed to the dismantling of a major drug trafficking enterprise and hope others involved in drugs will learn that they are not beyond the reach of law enforcement.”
“This is a perfect example of inter-agency cooperation, sharing of intelligence and uniting behind a common goal,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. “We will continue to work with our partner agencies throughout the region, and nationally, to combat the illegal sales of narcotics.”
This is an active ongoing investigation. No further information is available for release at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
All charges are merely allegations. All parties are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.