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Drugs, cash seized in Waukegan raid

Ovidio Alvarez 30 1206 IndianWaukegan is charged with unlawful possessicontrolled substance unlawful possessicontrolled substance with Intent Deliver. | Special Sun-Times

Ovidio Alvarez, 30, of 1206 Indiana in Waukegan is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with Intent to Deliver. | Special to Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 10, 2013 6:01PM

WAUKEGAN — An admitted gang member was targeted by the police Gang Intelligence Unit with a search warrant where cocaine and cash was seized.

Ovidio Alvarez, 30, of 1206 Indiana Ave., was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver, Waukegan police said Tuesday. He is being held in Lake County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Police executed a search warrant at his home Monday where they found 2.2 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $693 in cash that police intend to seize. Police said he gave a voluntary statement.

Alvarez is reportedly a self-admitted gang member and has been convicted four times for weapon offenses, two burglaries, one assault and one obstructing justice.

Police Chief Daniel Greathouse said no drug dealer is too big or small to attract police attention. “We will continue to execute search warrants, use undercover officers to buy drugs, and utilize surveillance techniques to arrest drug dealers and customers,” he said.

He said portions of the seized funds will be used to reward confidential informants for their efforts.

The chief also reached out to possible informants.

“Anyone looking to become a confidential informant or who merely wants to pass along confidential information is urged to call our hotline at (847) 856-6444,” said Greathouse.

Residents can call and leave information about suspected drug houses, drug dealers, gang and weapons information or any other criminal activity 24 hours a day seven days a week. Callers will not be contacted unless they specifically asked to be called.

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