Within three hours, a drug task force in the Illinois Valley three down two alleged cocaine dealers.

Just after two Wednesday afternoon members of the Tri-DENT group along with La Salle County deputies and Streator Police did a buy/bust operation in the 900 block of East Main Street in Streator.  Twenty-six-year-old Deandre “Nephew” O’Neil of Chicago is charged with dealing cocaine.  He’s jailed needing $50,000 to bond out.

A couple hours later officers turned their attention to Ottawa where they did a buy/bust setup with 23-year-old Rashad Barksdale of Chicago.  He was arrested for delivering cocaine and locked up in Ottawa. 

Members of Tri-DENT also say on Wednesday they arrested a 14-year-old boy from Chicago for dealing cocaine in Streator.  He was taken to the La Salle County Detention Home.

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