Friday Search Warrant in Monmouth Leads to Arrest for Firearm and Drugs

On Friday April 8th, the Warren County State’s Attorney’s Office received information from the U.S. Postal Service about suspicious shipments to an address in Monmouth. Based on that information, a search warrant was prepared for 507 South 2nd in Monmouth, and issued early Friday afternoon.

When the warrant was executed a short time later, suspect Dwight D. Washington, 24, fled the residence on foot, and was caught after a short foot pursuit. During a search of the residence more than five thousand grams of cannabis were found. A loaded, 9mm semiautomatic pistol with a laser sight was found in the residence. In addition, spare magazines, including a 50-round drum, were seized from the premises. Washington is not allowed to possess firearms as a condition of felony probation. A firearms trace revealed that the firearm was stolen.

Washington was arrested and is charged with Armed Violence, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm while Ineligible, Cannabis Trafficking over 5,000 grams, Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Distribute over 5,000 grams, and Possession of Cannabis over 5,000 grams. He is being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bond.

If convicted of the most serious charges, Washington faces a minimum 21 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, up to a possible maximum of 60 years. Five of the six charges require a prison sentence and prohibit a sentence of probation.

Public records available at show that Washington is on felony probation in Knox County for a 2019 cannabis case. Reports have been forwarded to the Knox County State’s Attorney for consideration of a petition to revoke probation.

Charges may be subject to enhancement, reduction, or dismissal. Charges are only accusations and should not be considered evidence of any crime. All persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent until found guilty.

***Report Courtesy of the Warren County State’s Attorney’s Office***