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Erik V. Gill Sr.

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Updated: September 18, 2013 6:08AM



Police seize drugs,
weapons in raids

GARY — Lake County police raided two homes here Wednesday, resulting in one arrest and the seizure of drugs and weapons, police spokeswoman Patti VanTil said Friday.

Tactical officers executed a search warrant at 1515 Pierce St. about 6:30 a.m. and arrested Erik V. Gill Sr., 48, who was being held facing charges of dealing a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance.

At 4045 Jackson St., police found two assault-type rifles, a shotgun, nine pounds of marijuana, almost 40 grams of crack cocaine and 66 grams of powder cocaine. No one was home when the search was conducted.

Sheriff John Buncich said he is working with Gary police to reduce street violence. “We will continue to investigate and serve warrants in the days and weeks ahead to get drugs and weapons off the streets,” he said.

Buncich also encouraged residents to call his anonymous hotline “with any information that you think can help us clean up neighborhoods.” The number is (800) 750-2746.

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

GARY — Two East Chicago men were arrested Thursday evening during a traffic stop, which then led to the arrest of a woman at a house where police seized 11 pounds of marijuana, Chief Mark Becker said Friday.

A member of the East Chicago STOP team saw Timothy Pearson, 34, in a car near Guthrie and Deodar streets about 5:50 p.m. Pearson had a warrant for possession of marijuana, the result of a prior STOP team traffic investigation.

Police found marijuana in the car and arrested both Pearson and Kevin Rhodes, 40, who also had outstanding warrants. Police then went to 4016 Grand St., where a search warrant netted the marijuana, two loaded handguns and more than $12,000, Becker said. Adrian Paynes, 34, was arrested there. Police seized several television sets they believe were stolen.

Becker said the ATF is being consulted on the arrest to determine if federal charges are appropriate.



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