(left to right) Thomas Mason, Chevalier Armstrong and Maurice Thurman

A River Forest police street stop in early May led to information allowing area police departments to execute a search warrant in Maywood that netted heroine, crack cocaine and ecstasy with a street value of $28,000, according to a River Forest police press release. Forest Police assisted with a search warrant entered a second floor apartment unit in the 500 block of Main Street in Maywood on May 9. Police recovered a large amount of heroin meant for sale in Chicago’s western suburbs, the release from River Forest Deputy Chief James O’Shea said.

Arrested were three Maywood men, Thomas Mason, 51; Chevalier Armstrong, 27; and Maurice Thurman, 30. All three were charged with Class X felony possession of heroin and the manufacture of heroin with intent to deliver. In addition, Thurman was charged with possession of cocaine and possession/manufacture of ecstasy with intent to deliver.

River Forest police worked with officers from the West Suburban Enhanced Drug and Gang (WEDGE) task force and the Forest Park police to execute the warrant.

O’Shea praised Forest Park police and WEDGE officers, saying the investigation was the result of “how a routine stop by a dedicated patrol officer can lead to putting a dent in the local illegal narcotics trade.”

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...