CHICAGO — Police walked away with high-powered assault weapons, a shotgun, marijuana and heroin — and two parole violators — after a joint operation between the Chicago Police Department and the Illinois Department of Corrections Saturday.
The arrests happened during a compliance check. Police in a news release said the two men arrested are known gang members.
Darryle Bolen, 28, of the 2100 block of South Avers Avenue was charged with unlawful use of a weapon while on parole, two counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer, resisting/obstrucing an officer and possession of cannabis. When officers arrived at Bolen's apartment around 9 a.m. Saturday, he refused to obey an officer's direction to not enter a bedroom closet, police said.
He then shouted profanities at police before allegedly picking up a sledgehammer and swinging it at police, they said. He was quickly disarmed and arrested. Police said they found a loaded 9 mm Tec-9 machine pistol and marijuana in the closet.
Kevin Walton, 20, of the 1400 block of South Millard Aveune was charged with possession of heroin, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon while on parole and violation of parole.
When officers entered his home, he allegedly told them he had several packets of heroin worth nearly $4,000 in a shoe, police said. He also allegedly told officers he had a shotgun and an assault rifle hidden inside a plumbing wall, police said. Both were loaded.
"These compliance checks help us maintain the safety of both residents and our police
officers, who often become victims of brazen gang members who are armed with dangerous weapons and trafficking narcotics,” said Kevin Ryan, commander of the Chicago Police Gang Enforcement Division.