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Man arrested for selling cocaine
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MONROE - A 29-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning in Monroe for selling cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Benjamin R. Lamunion, Monroe, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held on a probation violation pending court. Online court records indicate Lamunion was on probation from a conviction in October 2011 for possessing 31.3 psilocybin mushrooms and 30 grams of marijuana. He served 60 days in jail and was set for three years of probation.

Police and agents with the Stateline Area Narcotics Team executed a drug search warrant of an upstairs apartment in the 1300 block of 17th Street on Monroe's south side that led to the arrest of Lamunion. No drugs were seized during the warrant search, but drug paraphernalia was found and taken.

Chief of the Monroe Police Department Fred Kelley said two police officers assisted on scene, and Lamunion will be held until formal charges can be drafted.

"It's a felony charge, but I'm not telling you he's a drug kingpin or anything," Kelley said.

SLANT is a multi-agency drug task force consisting of agents in the Illinois State Police, Monroe Police, Rockford Police, Freeport Police, Loves Park Police and the Green County Sheriff's Department.