On May 29, investigators from the Evanston Police Special Operations Group, Cook County Sheriff’s Police Gang Crimes North Unit, and Parole Agents from the Illinois Department of Corrections focused their efforts on approximately twenty individuals who were on parole in Evanston or confined on the electronic home monitoring program by the Cook County Sheriff. The reason for this random check by law enforcement and the criminal justice system is to ensure these individuals are in compliance with guidelines set forth by the correctional institution as a part of being on parole or on home confinement awaiting disposition of a pending court case.
During this operation, an Evanston man, 36, was arrested after police located over 500 grams of cannabis in his residence and recovered two .44 caliber bullets, said Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department. The man was subsequently charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and possession of ammunition without a valid FOID card, said the Commander. In addition, the man who is currently on parole for residential burglary and aggravated battery was found to be in violation of his parole due to the subsequent charges and served with a parole violation warrant in addition to the charges he now faces, said the Commander.
The coordinated effort by the involved agencies is one example of the Evanston Police Department’s strategy to reduce victimization and violence in Evanston, the Commander added.