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Owner of nuisance property arrested on drug charges

August 20, 2018

KANKAKEE — The owner of a Kankakee home deemed a nuisance last month was arrested by Kankakee police for drug charges on Aug. 16.

Antonio C. Weems, of Kankakee, was charged by the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s office with delivery of a controlled substance, delivery of cannabis, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to prosecutor Clyde Guilamo, Kankakee’s Gang Enforcement Tactical Unit used a confidential informant to purchase 1.2 grams of crack cocaine for $40 from a house in the 1400 block of East River Street on Aug. 12. The cocaine tested positive.

The 24-year-old Weems and two other individuals were at the house when officers executed a search warrant.

Officers recovered 1.8 grams of crack cocaine, more than 30 grams of cannabis, a digital scale, two cell phones and over $2,000 in cash.

Judge Clark Erickson set Weems’ bond at $50,000.

The state filed a petition on source of bail funds. This is done to ensure the money used for bail is from a lawful and legitimate source.

Weems will not be released until that hearing is held. His next court date is Aug. 30. Weems asked for a public defender to be appointed.

Nuisance house

On July 24, officers from Kankakee and Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police served a court order on a house house Weems owned at 331 N. Rosewood that declared it a nuisance.

Weems showed up about an hour after sheriff’s police detectives, city police and code enforcement stood watch as Department of Environmental Services employees boarded the first-floor windows and doors.

Weems told them to get off his property but was told they had an order to do what they did. He left 10 to 15 minutes later.

According to a court document, there have been 26 occasions when police have been called to the address for peace disturbances, reports of gunfire, drug activity, gambling and criminal damage to property.

According to the ruling, the house remains boarded up for a year. In order to allow people to live in the home again, the owner must bring the building up to code as well as pay any outstanding fines, fees and taxes.

At least four people were living in the house.

There was no water service to the house. Jars filled with urine were found in one room that an officer said was used as a bathroom. The basement was filled with garbage.

Last year, a home at 354 N. Rosewood was deemed a nuisance and was boarded up.

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