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YouTube video leads to drugs and weapons raid in Harvey

By Patrick Elwood,

Three people are in custody in south suburban Harvey after they appeared in a YouTube video boasting about guns and drugs.

Harvey police were told of the video posted to YouTube on March 21st. They believe it was recorded only days before.

It features a 24 year-old man on house arrest on a $50,000 bond awaiting trial for home invasion and burglary.

In the video, he is seen showing off a 9 mm handgun and displaying his ankle bracelet on camera.

Throughout the 40-minute recording, the 24-year-old suspect and others are seen with weapons and selling drugs.  They also speak about dog fighting.

One of those dogs was dead inside the home from a fight only days before.

Once alerted to the video, Harvey police launched an investigation.

Wednesday, in conjunction with the Illinois State Police SWAT team, they executed a warrant in an early morning raid at the home on 158th St.

The suspect, who was renting the property, and two others were arrested and drugs, guns, ammunition were seized.

Investigators said they are thankful for the YouTube posted video. It has all the evidence needed to bring charges.

Police say the guns will be traced to see if they have been used in other crimes.

Chargers are forthcoming.

As the investigation continues more arrests are possible.


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