Guns, drugs found in homes of paroled gang members
Two gang members on parole were arrested when assault weapons and drugs were found Saturday in their homes on the West Side.
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 an officer and possession of cannabis, according to a release from police News Affairs. Kevin Walton, 20, of the 1400 block of South Millard Avenue was charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon while on parole, and violation of parole, police said.
Chicago Police officers and state Dept. of Corrections agents visited Bolen and Walton at their homes Saturday during a routine parolee check, police said.
When enforcement officials visited Bolen’s apartment shortly after 9 a.m., he refused to comply when officers told him not to enter a bedroom closet, police said. He began shouting profanities and swinging a sledgehammer at officers.
Bolen was subdued and arrested without incident, police said.
A loaded nine-millimeter Tec-9 machine pistol and cannabis were found inside the closet, police said.
While checking Walton’s home later that day, he admitted to officers that there were several heroin packets inside a shoe, police said. The drugs have a street value of nearly $4,000, police said. He also showed them where a loaded shotgun and an loaded assault rifle were hidden inside a plumbing wall.
“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 Chicago Police Gang Enforcement Division Commander Kevin Ryan.
Bond was set for Walton at $100,000 and his next court date is Jan. 22, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s website.