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Former Lake County Courthouse security guard arrested for drug dealing

Lewis E. Shamberg

A Wildwood man, who is reportedly a former Lake County Courthouse security guard, was arrested on Saturday after police found marijuana and cocaine in his vehicle.

Lewis E. Shamberg, of the 33000 block of North Greentree Road in unincorporated Grayslake, was arrested after Lake County Sheriff’s deputies were called for a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 32000 block of North John Mogg Road in unincorporated Grayslake.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that Shamberg was in his car in the parking when deputies stopped him. Sheriff’s deputies could smell marijuana and police canine Diesel was called to sniff the vehicle.

Canine Diesel alerted officers to two spots in the car where drugs were then found. 123 grams of marijuana packaged into baggies, 2.5 grams of cocaine and paraphernalia including a scale, packaging material, a glass pipe and a used hypodermic syringe with heroin were all found in the car.

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Shamberg was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, possession of cannabis, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

Sgt. Covelli added that residents of the apartment complex where Shamberg was busted complained recently about drug activity in the parking lots. Shamberg is reportedly a former contract guard at the Lake County Courthouse through a private company.

Shamberg is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $20,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for June 27.


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