Large drug quantities seized at "Black Sheep Vintage" off Rockton Road


Photo: Jean Beaufort

Based on a tip from "concerned citizens," on Oct. 25, the Winnebago County Narcotics Unit searched a business on Metric Road in Roscoe, called Black Sheep Vintage. The officers were not shopping for quaint collectibles or clothing. Nor were they looking for wholesale worms, powersports, motorsports, Historic Auto Attractions, or any other services in the industrial park. 

Instead, based on a search warrant, officers found about 13,500 grams of cannabis (almost 30 pounds), 14,500 Adderall prescription pills, 4,000 Xanax pills, and 5,600 oxycodone pills, as well as something less than 15 grams of cocaine and between 100-400 grams of methamphetamine. 

Also, unspecified ammunition. Maybe it was vintage ammunition.

Based on current street prices cited by Oxford Treatment Center and streetRx, a research website which assists epidemiologists, I calculate the value of the seized drugs might exceed a third of a million dollars: $140,000 of cannabis, $145,000 of Adderall, $28,000 of oxycodone, $10,000 of Xanax, and $1,400-$5,600 of methamphetamine. 

The suspect, Bradley James Walters of Caledonia, a 170 lb. 6' 2" 47 year old white male with glasses, was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 at 8:45 p.m. on charges related to the "manufacture or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, a controlled substance, a counterfeit substance, or controlled substance analog." He was also charged with one count of "unlawful use of weapon/ammo by felon."

Though Walters is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, he did not qualify for bail or pre-trial release, so unless something changes, he will stay in custody at Winnebago County Jail until his court date on Dec. 7, 2022. Meanwhile, his friends and family can send "gifts and essentials" to the jail for him through the iCare service: the "Write Me Up" package (10 stamped envelopes, 2 flex pens, 1 writing pad, plus a "Thank You for Thinking of Me" postcard) for $11.99, or the "Afternoon Delight" package (about 20 personal-sized bags of Frito-Lay snacks and 8 packages of Top Ramen noodles - a jailhouse staple) for $32.99, or even a fresh "Double Angus Cheeseburger" for $14.09.

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