At 4:41 p.m. on June 3, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team (Tri-DENT) task force, assisted by detectives and officers from the Ottawa Police Department, conducted a buy/bust operation at 3000 Fairfield Lane in Ottawa.
During the operation, Tri-DENT agents conducted a controlled purchase of cocaine from Dale R. McInerney Jr., 41, of Marseilles and Ryan J. Knott, 33, of Ottawa.
During the controlled purchase, McInerney delivered approximately 27 grams of cocaine to Tri-DENT agents and Knott assisted. An additional 23 grams of purported cocaine was located in close proximity to McInerney. Following the delivery, McInerney and Knott were taken into custody and transported to the LaSalle County Jail for further investigation.
Following the investigation, both were charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine), a Class X felony, and both are being held at the jail awaiting a felony bond hearing.
All subjects are innocent until proved guilty.
Tri-DENT consists of the LaSalle, Streator, Princeton, Oglesby and Mendota Police Departments, along with the LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam County Sheriff's Offices.