Police efforts in Round Lake area are paying off
By Frank Abderholden firstname.lastname@example.org September 15, 2013 2:32PM
These bags of cocaine were recovered by police during Operation Street Sweep. | SUBMITTE PHOTO
Updated: October 17, 2013 6:22AM
The Round Lake Park Police Department turned a traffic-stop arrest into a larger drug bust, the second in as many weekends, as part of its Operation Street Sweep.
Last Friday, members of the gang/narcotics team stopped a 2005 Cadillac Escalade for a traffic violation at Indian Trail and Hainesville Roads just before 10 p.m., police said.
The department’s K9 “Blade” was called in to check the vehicle and the dog indicated there were drugs inside the vehicle.
Police searched the vehicle and found seven grams of cocaine and arrested the driver, Marcelino Vargas, 32, of 204 E. Claredon Dr., Round Lake Beach. He also did not have a valid driver’s license.
Police got permission to search his home and they found another 31 grams of cocaine and a fraudulent state identification card.
Vargas was charged with the Class X felony, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of a fraudulent ID. The 2005 Cadillac Escalade was also seized.
Last weekend, search warrants were served in Round Lake Heights by a team of police from Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach. Round Lake, Lake County MEG, NIPAS (the special unit called out for high risk situations), and members of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
In that operation, they seized $10,000 in cash and about 30 grams of cocaine.
“Collaborative efforts by state, regional and local law enforcement are essential to succeed in the war on gangs and drugs,” said George Filenko, chief of the Round Lake Park Police Department.
“Federal cuts in funding have substantially impeded local law enforcements efforts, creating an environment ripe for drug sales involving, cocaine and heroin and increased organized violent gang activity,” he said.