5 Charged After Cops Seize Guns, Drugs, Ammunition West Pullman Raid

Sun-Times Media Wire
September 16, 2019 - 12:42 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Five men were charged after police seized two guns, ammunition and drugs during a raid Sunday in West Pullman on the Far South Side.

The Area South Gang Enforcement Team executed the search warrant about 4:15 p.m. in the 12400 block of South Harvard Avenue, according to Chicago police. Investigators recovered an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a Glock handgun that was converted to enable automatic fire and more than 400 grams of heroin.

Officers also found an extended magazine for the handgun, a drum magazine for the rifle, additional ammunition and more than $80,000 in cash, police said.

Andrew Blackburn, 36, of West Pullman, is charged with two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon for possessing the rifle and two felony counts of manufacture or delivery of heroin near a school, police said. Metcalf Community Academy Elementary School, 12339 S. Normal Ave., is a few blocks away.

Raymond Jackson, 36, of Chatham, is charged with two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon for being a felon in possession of the converted Glock, police said.

Patrick Parker, 34, is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon for having the drum magazine for the rifle, police said. He lives in south suburban Markham.

Desean Anderson, 42, is charged with felony drug possession, according to police. He lives in Marquette Park.

A fifth man, 50-year-old Lashell Shells, was arrested during the raid on a bond forfeiture warrant related to a felony burglary charge from April, according to police and Cook County court records. He lives in Chatham.

All are expected to appear in court for bail hearings on Monday, police said.

The raid was part of a series of targeted sweeps that led to the seizure of more than 80 illegal guns and 30 arrests across the city over the weekend, according to police.

From Friday through Sunday, over 80 weapons were seized, and more than 30 people were arrested on illegal gun charges, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

As of Monday morning, 8,022 illegal guns have been recovered across the city since the start of the year, Guglielmi said. That’s a 19 percent increase compared to the same period in 2018.

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