Two Illinois residents were arrested Aug. 16 on drug fraud charges after a traffic stop in the city of Hillsboro.

A traffic stop was initiated in the city of Hillsboro in relation to an ongoing prescription drug fraud investigation, according to to Hillsboro Police Chief Patrick Clark. As a result, the Hillsboro Police Department arrested Julian Patten, 21 of Chicago for operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent and possession of a fraudulently obtained prescription. Also arrested was Natasha Johnson, 21, of Rockford, Ill., for operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent (party to a crime), possession of a fraudulently obtained prescription (party to a crime), and possession of marijuana.

Patten and Johnson were booked into the Vernon County Detention Center.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and the La Farge Police Department assisted the Hillsboro Police Department The incident remains under investigation.

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