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Convicted felon charged with possessing guns, manufacturing cocaine out of Waukegan motel room

Tommie D. Harris, 32, of Round Lake Beach, was arrested after detectives found him in possession of the above-pictured weapons during a search warrant in Waukegan.

A convicted felon on parole for a shooting was arrested after police found him in possession of guns at a Waukegan motel room where he was manufacturing crack cocaine.

Tommie D. Harris, 32, of the 200 block of East Hawthorne Drive in Round Lake Beach, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, two counts of aggravated unlawful possession of a weapon and two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Group obtained a search warrant for a motel room in the 600 block of South Green Bay Road in Waukegan.

Harris was the target of the investigation and he was taken into custody by detectives while the search warrant was being conducted.

Harris is currently on parole for a previous aggravated discharge of a firearm case, according to Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli.

Detectives recovered a semi-automatic firearm with a drum magazine along with a revolver. They also recovered crack cocaine and cannabis.

Covelli said that Harris had been utilizing the motel room to manufacture crack cocaine from powder cocaine.

“Our Special Investigations Group continues making it a priority to seek and arrest drug dealers and violent offenders who unlawfully possess firearms. This parolee not only had two firearms unlawfully, but he carried a drum magazine capable of holding 50 rounds of ammunition for one of those firearms,” Sheriff John Idleburg said.

Harris remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $150,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.