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ELECTRONIC MONITORING HOME CHECK LEADS TO RECOVERY OF DRUGS, WEAPONS

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Saturday, November 8, 2014A home check led to the recovery of suspected crack cocaine, two firearms and additional charges for a person on electronic monitoring, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Michael RiversAt approximately 4:40 p.m. on Thursday, Sheriff’s Electronic Monitoring Unit investigators responded to the 100 block of N. Laramie Avenue in Chicago after receiving a report of a curfew violation for Michael Rivers, 23, who was on electronic monitoring. After determining that Rivers, who was home when investigators arrived, had a legitimate reason to leave the residence, the investigators went to inspect the monitoring unit. While being taken to the area where the monitoring unit was located, they saw, in plain view, on the dining room floor, what appeared to be crack cocaine on a plate.

Officers also recovered a fully loaded AK-47, and a loaded .357 revolver. Suspected marijuana was also located at the residence.

Rivers was arrested and was charged with unlawful possession of weapon by a felon; possession of more than 15 grams of cocaine and possession of cannabis. His bond was set at $75,000 during his court appearance on Friday.

Two others at the home were taken into custody, but were not charged.

Rivers was originally ordered on electronic monitoring on Sept. 30, 2014 as part of his bond for a drug possession charge.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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