Aug. 12–ALTON — Police have recovered a gun and a large amount of heroin from a home in which an alleged dealer was exchanging the drug to help pay the rent.
Two residents of the home in the 500 block of Winkler Street told police they use heroin and that Cevone D. Weeden, 20, of St. Louis allegedly sold drugs from that location.
Weeden first caught the attention of local police after authorities say he fired at a car as it was being stolen.
Police were called to the 500 block of Winkler about 5 a.m. Aug. 3 after callers reported shots fired. A woman told police someone had stolen her car.
She, at first, said that the thief fired a shot at her, but later said that Weeden took a shot toward her car as the suspect was driving off.
Neighbors told police they saw the woman who reported the car stolen and Weeden enter the house together. The victim of the car theft told officers Weeden had sold her heroin.
A female resident of the Winkler Street address told police Weeden was inside the home. A court document states the woman claims Weeden had been staying at her home for between one and two weeks and that he was inside the residence when police arrived.
Police set up a perimeter around the home and called out by loud speakers for occupants to come out. A man who identified himself as Weeden came out and was placed under arrest.
The resident positively identified Weeden as the heroin dealer. She told officers where to find the heroin and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun. The resident signed a consent to search form, which allowed police to enter and found several capsules of suspected heroin, a magazine and a handgun.
The items were covered in black pepper. An article on the Business Insider web site says that black pepper is rumored to throw drug sniffing dogs off track. The rumor is false, the article states.
Weeden has been charged with armed violence, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church. The armed violence and drug charges are Class X felonies, punishable by a prison term of between six and 30 years.
The document filed in court is part of a suit filed by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office to take possession of $278 cash in various denominations found in Weeden’s possession.
Police also tracked down the suspected car thief. Jacob D. Gleason, 22, of the 1100 block of Walnut Drive, Cottage Hills. His bail is $45,000.
By Sanford Schmidt, The Telegraph, Alton, Ill.
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