• Clinton County assists in high risk pot bust

    by  • March 12, 2014 • News

    Clinton County Sheriff’s deputies assisted Wood River police and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, or ILEAS, cannabisTuesday in executing a high risk search at the location of a large cannabis growing operation.

    Officers removed more than 30 cannabis plants from a home in the 900 block of East Acton Avenue in Wood River, and took one person into custody who is being held in the Wood River jail Wednesday morning. However, police were searching for a main suspect as of Tuesday evening.

    The ILEAS is a multi-agency law enforcement team trained in matters of public safety and terrorism prevention and response.

    Sniper and observational teams were on scene when heavily armed officers entered the home using a flash-grenade device. In addition to the plants, police removed equipment used in a grow operation, four firearms and boxes of other evidence.

    As a result of the investigation, David Hoffmann, 40, has been charged with one count of unlawful production of cannabis and three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon; Brittany Smith, 20, has been charged with one count of unlawful production of cannabis; and Ted Titsworth, 52, has been charged with one count of unlawful production of cannabis and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

    Bond for Titsworth and Hoffmann has been set at $100,000, and bond for Smith has been set at $25,000. Titsworth is the only suspect currently in custody.

    Anyone with information about Hoffmann and Smith’s whereabouts is asked to call Wood River Police at 618-251-3114.