FBI: Trooper's 'relentless' actions led to drug seizure, arrests

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Pictured: Trooper Nathan Schnarre with FBI Asst. Special Agent in Charge Jay Greenberg Pictured: Trooper Nathan Schnarre with FBI Asst. Special Agent in Charge Jay Greenberg

ILLINOIS (WAND) – A state trooper earned recognition for persistent work in drug busts.

State police say the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave District 12 Trooper Nathan Schnarre commendation for his effort in stopping heroin and weapon trafficking related to gang activity. The FBI says he helped find “large amounts” of heroin, military-grade assault rifles and other weapons using “investigative prowess and relentless investigative techniques”. He found a hidden compartment during a traffic stop.

Police say the case involves “violent” gang members and includes six different states.

Six people are behind bars because of Schnarre’s efforts, troopers say. Federal charges are pending.

“This is a great example of the dedication to public safety shared by our District 12 troopers,” District 12 Commander Capt. Cory Ristvedt said.

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