A convicted felon and gang member was arrested after investigators found him in possession of guns, suppressors, ammunition and drugs during a warrant in Round Lake Park.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Group (SIG) concluded a long-term investigation on Wednesday into Joshua A. Jackson, 26, of Round Lake Park.
The investigation focused on Jackson, who is a documented street gang member and was distributing narcotics, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
Members of the Special Investigations Group conducted a search warrant at Jackson’s home in the 500 block of Grandview Drive in Round Lake Park.
Covelli said SIG detectives recovered three firearms, two of which were ghost guns, along with two suppressors, which are designed to reduce the sound of gunfire.
A firearm drum magazine, capable of holding approximately 50 rounds of ammunition, an extended firearm magazine, numerous additional firearm magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were also recovered.
Investigators found over 70 grams of package cocaine along with parts and tools used to assemble “ghost guns,” Covelli said.
The Round Lake Park Police Department assisted in the investigation.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, three counts of aggravated unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of ammunition and unlawful possession of a suppressor.
“I am grateful our Special Investigations Group investigated and arrested this convicted felon before he had an opportunity to use or sell these firearms,” Sheriff John D. Idleburg said.
“We will continue our efforts to apprehend violent offenders and those who traffic drugs in Lake County,” Idleburg said.