Riverside police raided an apartment on July 26 reportedly rented by a man with a Forest Park address, who was using it to cut and package large quantities of heroin and other narcotics.
The suspect, 36-year-old Miltron Brown, is accused of using the Riverside apartment, located in the 7300 block of West Ogden Avenue, to participate in a drug ring that spans the western suburbs and reaches into the West Side of Chicago, Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said.
Brown was arrested in Riverside on July 25 after police spotted him in a “suspicious vehicle” and then learned his license was suspended. When officers searched Brown, they found an unspecified amount of ecstasy and $4,300 in cash “rolled up in rubber bands,” Weitzel said.
Brown’s driver’s license reportedly listed an address in the 1000 block of Hannah Avenue in Forest Park, and his license place was registered to a Chicago home. Riverside police believe that Brown might have split time between the Forest Park residence the place where he ran the alleged drug operation.
“He went between Hannah [in Forest Park] and the Riverside place on almost a weekly basis,” Weitzel said.
Riverside police entered the Ogden Avenue apartment early July 26 after receiving a search warrant and discovered a hundreds of thousands of dollars in street drugs, manufacturing devices, paraphernalia, and a handgun, among other objects that were seized. Initially, they used a K9 from the Cicero Police Department to sniff the outside of the residence.
Brown had 623 grams of heroin and 20 grams of cocaine in the apartment, according to a press release from Riverside police. Furthermore, Weitzel said Brown was using Dormin, a sleep aid, to cut the purity of the heroin so he could sell a greater amount.
“The apartment was so full of heroin [the officers] had to exit, and [Riverside police] had to have our fire department bring breathing apparatuses,” said Weitzel, explaining that Brown left the air conditioning on a high setting which blew the powdered drugs all over apartment.
“Everything was coated with heroin,” the chief said.
Still more, the police found ecstasy and a loaded 9mm handgun.
Weitzel said the drugs Brown was manufacturing were being sold throughout the western suburbs and in Chicago.
Brown is reportedly a member of the Vice Lords street gang, and he has several felony convictions. He is currently being detained at Cook County Jail on $350,000 bail.