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Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department said detectives executed a search warrant around 6 a.m. Thursday after a month long investigation.
Investigators discovered and seized two loaded handguns and numerous rounds of ammunition, in addition to various amounts of crack cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, liquid morphine, and MDMA or Ecstasy, according to Dudlo.
Prosecutors said during a bond hearing Friday at the Bridgeview Courthouse that police also seized Xanax pills, codeine pills and assorted drug paraphernalia including a digital scale, plastic baggies, and a cannabis grinder.
Norbert Thigpen, 29, a resident of the home, was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of cannabis, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.
According to Dudlo, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has launched an investigation after several children between the ages of 6 and 12 were found to be in the home.
“The recovered handguns were loaded and could have been readily available by the children if they discovered them,” Dudlo said. “It was a very unsettling situation and environment for these children.”
After the arrest, Dudlo said several neighbors came out of their homes and thanked police for “cleaning up” their block.
“Most admitted to being fearful of retaliation and never called the police to talk about the suspected suspicious activity which has been occurring for quite some time,” Dudlo said.
Dudlo said residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity by calling the Burbank Police Department’s non-emergency number at 708-924-7300. Callers may remain anonymous.
Cook County Associate Judge Peter Felice ordered Thigpen to be held in lieu of $75,000 bail.
“When you mix guns with drugs, nothing good happens," Felice said.
Thigpen is due again in court July 29.
Oak Lawn Patch contributed to this story