Marion Police Department Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at America’s Best Value Inn, 1802 Bittle Place, Marion, at noon Nov. 2 after a narcotics investigation identified Josten Denwood, 26, as a cocaine distributor.

Denwood, who is currently on parole with the Illinois Department of Corrections, resisted arrest and battered Marion police officers, causing visible injuries to the officers, according to a news release from Marion Police Department.

He was found to be in possession of one semi-automatic firearm, ammunition, cocaine, cannabis, packaging equipment, weighing equipment and counterfeit U.S. currency, the release states.

Denwood was issued citations for felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition by a felon, possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver, three counts of aggravated battery to a police officer, possession of counterfeit currency, and possession of cannabis.

Denwood being held in Williamson County Jail awaiting future court proceedings.

— The Southern

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