Police raid Harvey house, arrest 4

2013-02-02T22:30:00Z 2013-02-02T23:30:04Z Police raid Harvey house, arrest 4Bowdeya Tweh bowdeya.tweh@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com
February 02, 2013 10:30 pm  • 

Four Harvey residents were arrested Friday and are facing drug and weapons-related charges following the raid of a residence that contained illegal drugs, police said.

Police arrested Kenneth Gaunty, 25, Michael Nichols, 18, Kwame Williams, 23, and Marcus Bradshaw, 38.

The Harvey Police Department's Special Operations Unit received a tip that narcotics were being sold out of a home in the city, including a drug with the street name "molly," said city spokeswoman Sandra Alvarado. Molly is the powdered form of ecstasy, or MDMA, and can be sold in capsules.

The Harvey police unit conducted an undercover investigation to execute a search warrant on the home, which was within 20 feet of a church. The unit and the Illinois State Police Tactical Response Team conducted the raid Thursday at 15308 Loomis Ave.

After executing the search warrant, detectives recovered 134 grams of marijuana, 15 grams of heroin, 8 grams of cocaine and 30 capsules filled with MDMA. Detectives also recovered a weapon, which had been reported stolen in Dolton in July.

Gaunty, a convicted felon who was on a home monitoring system, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon for possessing ammunition, police said.

They said Nicholas was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a church.

Williams was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a church and possession of cannabis, police said.

They said Bradshaw, a convicted felon who was on home monitoring system, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a church, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, armed violence and armed habitual offender. A warrant also was issued by the Illinois Department of Corrections for a parole violation. 

Alvarado said Bradshaw and Williams were still in police custody Saturday in Harvey. Gaunty and Nichols were taken to the Cook County courthouse in Markham on Saturday.

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