Updated: November 24, 2012 6:10AM
Waukegan police shut down another drug house on tips from neighbors last week, and the police chief urged more landlords to take advantage of his offer to screen prospective tenants for an arrest history.
On Oct. 17, police secured a warrant for the home at 646 Pickus Court and arrested the tenant, Garrett Jackson, 39, for possessing a half-gram of heroin.
Police searched the home and also found a loaded .38-caliber revolver and $157 in cash. Police also found a heroin “spoon” with heroin residue on it, police said.
Jackson was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. He is a known gang member who has four previous drug-related convictions and has been to prison on two separate occasions, police said.
Jackson’s roommate, Tiffany Patrick, 25, was arrested for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia for having the “heroin spoon.”
“I continue to urge all landlords to seriously consider to whom they rent their properties because we are not going to stop executing search warrants and we are not going to stop arresting drug dealers and users,” said Daniel Greathouse, Waukegan police chief. They have made about half a dozen arrests in various neighborhoods based on community tips in the past month.
“If any landlord needs assistance on screening potential residents, they can contact my office,” he said. Landlords have not taken advantage of the offer. In this incident, Jackson signed the lease. The property is owned by MD Properties, LLC, in Mundelein.