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Chicago: Electronic surveillance for drug and gun charges found nearly $1 million in drugs in man’s freezer, officials say

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CHICAGO — Investigators with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department found $1 million worth of drugs, more than $11,000 in cash, and a gun in the home of a man who was under electronic surveillance in a pending drug and firearms case. said the official. He is also on probation for manufacturing and delivering cocaine.

Charles Douglas, 35, is now facing more drug charges, but authorities have not charged him with possession of a firearm.

Materials allegedly found at home by Charles Douglas (inset) and Sheriff’s Office investigators. It was electronically monitoring pending gun and drug cases. | | Cook County Sheriff’s Office

Douglas was under electronic surveillance while awaiting trial on a Class X armed offense charge. Chicago police stopped him for a traffic violation on his July 31st, and they said they found 83 bags of heroin and 36 of his cracks under the carpet behind the driver’s seat. Officers also said they found a gun in full view behind the passenger seat.

At his bail hearing on Aug. 1, his attorneys said Douglas claimed he didn’t own a car and said he only earned $700 a week from his construction job.

Nevertheless, he posted $12,000 bail the same day and returned home for electronic surveillance.

Sheriff’s office investigators who visited his home on Nov. 14 to conduct an electronic surveillance “compliance check” found a large cache of drugs in a deep freezer in the basement, prosecutors said. Rhianna Biernat said.

Biernat claimed the device contained two pounds of cocaine worth $929,700, heroin worth $5,680, 21 packs of sleep aids, a synthetic opioid called carfentanil, and other narcotic substances. Investigators also found a so-called “grey death” bag, a mixture of carfentanil, heroin, and other opioids, according to the sheriff’s office. It’s over 100 times more potent than the deadly fentanyl.

The agency said investigators also recovered a firearm, but Vianat did not mention the gun at Douglas’ bail hearing.In Douglas’ bedroom drawer, authorities found $11,858 in cash.

Douglas, the woman, and a third person living in the home were handcuffed in the living room while a search was conducted. At one point, Douglas allegedly shouted to a woman, “You can take it, baby, and get out tomorrow. I’ll never get out.”

A woman who served as Douglas’ electronic surveillance host allegedly replied: Better do the right thing. “

His defense attorney claimed the drugs were found in a freezer in the basement, but Douglas lived on the ground floor. She dismissed his alleged comments to the woman as not a “statement of occupancy” and said the other bedroom in the basement was not his.

The state’s claims were “very weak at best,” she argued.

Judge Charles Beach ruled that Douglas must post bail of $10,000 to get out of prison on new charges.Douglas was also held without bail for violating his custody and probation. I’m here.

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