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Tuesday, June 4, 2013Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today that a 32-year-old man has been charged with armed violence, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, child endangerment and other narcotics related charges. Armond Nelson, of Chicago, will be in bond court this morning at the Markham Courthouse.

While the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department (CCSPD) Gun Suppression Team was working in the Village of Dolton, investigators observed two vehicles in the street parked alongside each other. The drivers of the two vehicles conducted what appeared to be a hand-to-hand narcotics transaction. Investigators conducted a traffic stop on one of the vehicles because the other sped away.

As Sheriff’s investigators approached the vehicle, Nelson – the driver – refused to show his hands. Investigators observed Nelson attempting to conceal something with his left hand while simultaneously displaying cash in his right hand. Investigators observed Nelson sticking an item into the door compartment.

They also detected an odor of cannabis. When asked about the smell, Nelson admitted that he had a bag of cannabis in his pocket. Nelson was asked to step out of the vehicle, at which point an investigator observed a clear plastic bag in the drivers side door compartment containing suspected crack cocaine and heroin. Recovered from Nelson's front right pocket was a plastic bag containing heroin and $510. A search of the vehicle revealed $2000 in the center console. Also located in the vehicle under the drivers seat was a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun loaded with 16 rounds. Nelson told investigators he purchased the gun from someone on the streets in Indiana. Later, investigators learned that the gun was stolen in 2010 out of Gary, Indiana.

Nelson's 5-year-old daughter was a back seat passenger during this incident. She was later turned over to family members.

In the last three months, the Sheriff’s Gun Suppression Team has recovered 150 guns and 123 revoked FOID cards. They have also resolved over 90 additional FOID cases.

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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