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Officials file to seize drug-trafficking house in quiet Troy neighborhood

County officials have filed to seize a house in a quiet neighborhood in Troy that drug agents called a drug-trafficking headquarters.

The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office filed to force forfeiture of a home in the 300 block of Cobblestone Court in Troy, where 59-year-old Rico Hogan lived, according to the Alton Telegraph.

In early January, agents with the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois searched the Cobblestone house after a month of surveillance, according to a search warrant affidavit. A source had told agents he bought methamphetamine from Hogan once or twice a week — in 1- or 2-pound increments — and owed Hogan more than $20,000. Agents found guns, drugs, money, electronics, retina-scanning computers, flat-screen televisions and a surveillance camera system.

Two days after the search of the Cobblestone house, Hogan was arrested and charged with 17 felonies, including meth trafficking and possession, armed violence, possessing a weapon as a felon and criminal fortification of a residence. His bail was set at $5 million.

Early on in the investigation, in December 2017, police stopped a black Mustang for speeding after it left the Cobblestone house. A Troy police K-9 indicated there were drugs in the car, and police found 908 grams of meth, 119 grams of oxycodone and a loaded pistol, according to a search warrant affidavit.

St. Louis metropolitan police have also investigated Hogan in the past, according to the affidavit. He was a suspect in the shooting death of a drug user found dead in an alley in Missouri, and when police searched an apartment he rented, they found marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, prescription pills, three guns, a stolen handgun and $19,845 in cash.

County officials filed to seize the property under a state law that allows authorities to take assets they believe were used in drug trade.

BND reporter Beth Hundsdorfer contributed to this story.