Police bust drug operation; two arrested

BY JANINE ANDERSON
janderson@kenoshanews.com

Police found drugs valued at more than $10,000 and what a prosecutor called “quite the arsenal” of weapons after a months-long investigation into drug sales out of an apartment in the 4000 block of 28th Avenue.

The operation used a confidential informant, who made a series of controlled drug buys at the apartment in May, June and July. Police searched the apartment on July 23, and arrested Timothy Taylor, 35, of Kenosha, and Deshawn Coleman, 21, of Beach Park, Ill.

Coleman appeared to work for Taylor, Assistant District Attorney Tracey Braun said in court, and was the one who opened the door for the confidential informant and who on some occasions took the informant’s money and handed over heroin.

She said Coleman admitted selling marijuana and identified himself in photographs taken during the investigation. Coleman is being held pending charges of delivering cocaine and heroin within 1,000 feet of a park.

Coleman and Taylor appeared in court Wednesday afternoon for a bond hearing. Court Commissioner Jon G. Mason set Coleman’s bond at $7,500 cash; he has several drug charges pending.

Charges pending

The criminal complaints against Coleman and Taylor are still being written, Braun said, but Taylor will likely be charged with six counts of delivering heroin and multiple counts of bail jumping.

He has one open traffic case, one open misdemeanor case and three open felony cases. Because he is a felon, Taylor could also be charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Weapons, drugs found

Taylor lived at the apartment where the informant went to buy drugs, and Braun said he told police he was planning a move this week. Police found two loaded handguns, both with bullets in the chambers, and hundreds of bullets in the apartment.

“He said he had an AK-47 and a street sweeper shotgun (fed by a high-capacity drum) that he could arrange for the cops to pick up,” Braun said. “That never happened.”

She said police found 124.2 grams of cocaine, 85.6 grams of heroin and 168.5 grams of marijuana in Taylor’s apartment, with an estimated street value between $14,500 and $16,000. They also found 8½ unknown pills and 23 Suboxone films, a drug used to treat heroin addicts.

Taylor’s attorney noted that his client had been cooperative, admitting ownership of the drugs found in his apartment.

‘Scourge on community’

Mason said he appreciated the cooperation, but “this is a confession case. The drugs that were found, a majority of which I consider a scourge on our community and a danger to the public.”

When Mason announced Taylor’s $250,000 cash bond, Taylor stood up and moved toward the door to the jail. Deputies quickly closed off the courtroom, locking the door that led to the gallery, and surrounded Taylor. They ordered him to sit back down so the proceeding could be completed.

When that was done, Mason told Taylor, “Your conduct in court confirms the cash necessary. Get out of my courtroom.”

He had Taylor leave without repeating the conditions of his bond, something Mason typically requires defendants to do.

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