The sheriff’s office announced they arrested a convicted felon from Waukegan following a lengthy drug trafficking investigation in Lake County where they recovered guns and a large quantity of drugs.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Group concluded a month-long investigation into Deonte L. Johnson, 34, of the 1500 block of North Avenue in Waukegan.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Staff Anthony Vega said Johnson was suspected of trafficking drugs in Lake County.
The Special Investigations Group detectives conducted a search warrant at Johnson’s residence in the 1500 block of North Avenue in Waukegan.
During the search warrant, detectives located and seized four firearms, one of which was stolen, along with a variety of drugs.
The narcotics recovered included over 28 pounds of cannabis, 148 ecstasy pills, 58 grams of powder MDMA, over 170 grams of cocaine and various amounts of methamphetamine, oxycodone pills and heroin.
Nearly all of the drugs were packaged for distribution, Vega said.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved 15 different charges against Johnson, which range from Class X felonies to Class 4 felonies.
Those charges include four counts of aggravated unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, four counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of cannabis.
“Our Special Investigations Group is doing an excellent job finding those who are trafficking guns, drugs, and people in our community. I am very proud of the number of dangerous people they have arrested and the massive amounts of drugs they have been keeping out of Lake County,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said.
Johnson, who is a convicted felon, appeared in bond court on Friday and was ordered held in the Lake County Jail on a $1 million bond.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on February 1.