Hector Mejia, 36, of Waukegan.

A tactical response team arrested a Waukegan man who authorities say was selling methamphetamine in and around Zion and was found with several guns.

The Zion Police Department Street Crimes Unit learned of a subject selling methamphetamine in and around Zion in January.

Zion Police Department Detective Lt. Paul Kehrli said detectives launched an undercover investigation and identified the suspect as Hector Mejia, 36, who resides on West Atlantic Avenue in Waukegan.

The Zion Police Department, with assistance from the Lake County Sheriff’s Special Investigation Group and Waukegan Police Department, purchased methamphetamine from Mejia.

The police department applied for a search warrant for Mejia and his home, Kehrli said.

The Zion Police Department Tactical Response Team executed the search warrant last week at Mejia’s residence on Atlantic Avenue in Waukegan.

Mejia was taken into custody without incident during the execution of the warrant.

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Kehrli said a search yielded suspected methamphetamine, which is pending lab results, as well as several firearms, magazines and ammunition.

Mejia is a convicted felon and is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms and ammunition.

Another person living in the home has a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card but denied ownership of the firearms, which were located in Mejia’s room, Kehrli said.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and three counts of felon in possession of a weapon.

Mejia was transported to First Appearance Court and appeared for a detention hearing where he was remanded to the Lake County Jail on the charges pending trial.

Anyone with additional information regarding the case is asked to call the Zion Police Department at 847-872-8000 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222.

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