Law and Order Gary
October 23, 2012 4:54PM
Updated: October 23, 2012 5:33PM
Two homes raided for cocaine
Police raided two neighboring houses in Midtown early Tuesday morning, arresting three men all facing felony charges of maintaining a common nuisance and dealing cocaine, Sgt. Noe Perez said.
The Narcotics-Vice Unit served search warrants at 2425 and 2421 Jackson St. at the conclusion of a lengthy investigation led by Detective Willie McLemore.
Arrested were Melvin E. Tate Jr., 26, Jacob E. Robinson, 27, and Jamal L. Nash, 28, Perez said.
Police seized about 180 grams of crack cocaine, $3,500, two assault rifles, four handguns, drug paraphernalia and a bulletproof vest.
Tate’s 7-year-old daughter was at his residence when the SWAT team made entry. She was turned over to her grandmother, police said.
One pit bull was killed during the raid, but animal control officers took possession of several others found at 2425 Jackson St.
Cars used during alleged drug sales were also towed from the scene, Perez said.
Search yields pot, cocaine on man
An arrest warrant has been issued for Eion Westbrook, 27, after Crime Suppression Unit officers allegedly found marijuana and cocaine in his pockets during a search Sept. 20.
Westbrook, of 616 W. 19th Place, was questioned and searched while CSU investigated reports of a fight in the 2500 block of Harrison Street.
Police seized a bat from one of the men questioned, then approached Westbrook as he tried to enter a nearby house.
Patrolman Demonte Yanders found 34 bags of marijuana packaged for sale and 3.9 grams of cocaine, the probable cause affidavit states.
Westbrook will be held on $20,000 bail, court records state.
Suspect struggles with police
Police arrested Byron Matthews, 31, Monday night in the Delaney Community Housing Development where he lives.
Housing authority officers were in the area after hearing gunshots and saw a man matching the description of a suspect with a handgun.
They stopped Matthews, who allegedly struggled with officers. They recovered a pistol, but Matthews has a valid license to carry a weapon.
He was charged with resisting law enforcement.