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Victor Collins

Victor Collins

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Updated: January 20, 2013 6:22AM

Police arrested two men in Waukegan after serving a search warrant last week. Recovered were two guns, ammunition, almost 10 ounces of cocaine (in crack and powder form), 47 ounces of marijuana and $6,500 in cash, in what police say was a major bust.

“This was an extremely successful search warrant. The recovered large amounts of drugs, guns, and money illustrates the scope of this particular drug dealer’s operation. We will be using the seized funds to reward our confidential informants,” said Police Chief Daniel Greathouse.

On Dec. 12, the Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU) executed a warrant targeting Victor Collins, 50, of 1030 Flossmoor Ave., Waukegan. Police located a .38 caliber Special revolver, a .357 caliber revolver and ammunition. There were 282 grams of cocaine in both powder and crack form and 1,334 grams of marijuana and 2.5 grams of heroin. Cash totalling $6,500 was also seized.

Collins was being held on $100,000 bond after being charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance Class X, two counts of unlawful possession with intent to deliver Class X, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession with intent to deliver, police said. Collins is a convicted felon.

Also found in the residence was Raymond Harris, 25, of the 600 block of North Butrick Street, a convicted felon with an extensive criminal history that includes drugs and weapon charges. Police said much of his criminal past is in Mississippi, his home state.

He was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession with intent to deliver. His bond was also set at $100,000. Harris was out on bond for a November arrest for possession of crack cocaine and marijuana in which he fought with the arresting officers.

“According to records, the landlord of the residence is Lateefah Harris of Kenosha, Wis. I continue to urge all landlords to seriously consider to whom they rent their properties, because we are not going to stop giving out the names of absentee landlords whose only interest in this community appears to be strictly financial,” he said.

To report a crime, call the police department’s hot-line number at (847) 856-6444. Lake County Crime Stoppers is (847) 662-2222.

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