Round Lake Beach mother, son charged in drug raid
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org March 10, 2013 12:58PM
Alicia Gordon, 36, of 931 Morningside Drive in Round Lake Beach charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of cannabis. | Special to Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 12, 2013 6:26AM
A search warrant led police to recover $10,000 worth of drugs from a Round Lake Beach mother and son last Friday.
Round Lake Park officers executed the search warrant at a residence in the 900 block of Morningside Drive, Round Lake Beach, police announced over the weekend.
The search was part of an ongoing investigation targeting drug sales and gang activity in the Round Lake Park and Round Lake area.
Alicia Gordon, 36, and Kenyatta Triplet, 19, were arrested on drug charges. Gordon was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of cannabis. Her son was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Police recovered just under 900 grams (almost two pounds) of marijuana and prescription pills, according to Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko.
“The drug problem is almost an epidemic,” Filenko said.
Police have made several drug and gang-related arrests in the past couple of weeks, he said. The mother and son’s arrest were not directly related to gang activity, he said.
Gordon is in Lake County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond. Her son was released from custody on a personal recognizance bond, Filenko said.
Police have been making a Street Sweep, targeting local illicit drug sales and gang activity. In 2012, Lake County experienced a record number of opiate-related overdose deaths, according to Filenko who said there about 60 opiate drug-related deaths in Lake County last year.
“A spike in drug sales linked directly to local street gangs should be a concern to our communities. This trend could lead to violent conflicts that are more prevalent in large metropolitan areas where historically rival gangs fight for drug turf,” Filenko said.
Last week, Round Lake Park officers responded to a call for a non-responsive 19-year-old female. The woman was revived with an opiate antidote. She told police she started experimenting with alcohol and marijuana in her preteens and started heroin at age 16.
The woman, whose name is being withheld by police to protect her identity, displayed withdrawal signs during a brief interview with police. She was charged and is in custody at Lake County Jail.