Damonne L. Hunt, 33, of Beach Park, (inset) was arrested after investigators found him in possession of drugs and an illegally possessed gun inside a motel room at the American Inn Motel on Sheridan Road in Beach Park. | Background Photo: Google Street View

Authorities say a drug trafficker, who is a convicted felon, was arrested after he admitted to manufacturing and selling crack cocaine following a bust at a motel in Beach Park.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Group (SIG) concluded an investigation this week resulting in the arrest of Damonne L. Hunt, 33, of Beach Park.

Members of SIG launched the investigation after receiving information that Hunt was selling crack cocaine out of a motel room in Beach Park, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.

The SIG conducted a search warrant on Wednesday and located over 20 grams of crack cocaine packaged for delivery, Covelli said.

They also recovered a Ruger 9mm handgun that had its serial number scratched off.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris said investigators conducted several controlled drug buys involving Hunt prior to the search warrant at the American Inn Motel, located at 39018 North Sheridan Road in Beach Park.

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Detectives arrested Hunt during the warrant and reviewed the case with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Hunt was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.

Katris said Hunt admitted to buying the gun, which he is not allowed to possess because he is a convicted felon.

Hunt also told investigators that he cooks drugs, Katris said. Hunt has lived alone in the motel room for approximately a year.

“We have a message to those who think they can traffic guns or drugs in Lake County: Our Special Investigations Group and sheriff’s deputies will do everything they can to investigate you and hold you accountable for your actions,” Sheriff John D. Idleburg said.

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“I am proud of the work that went into this investigation and thankful to all of the law enforcement involved,” Idleburg said.

Prosecutors have filed a petition to detain Hunt pending his trial.

Lake County Judge Raymond Collins ordered Hunt held in the Lake County Jail until his detention hearing.

Hunt is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing Friday afternoon.