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Police find crack, loaded guns during curfew check

Michael Rivers / photo from Cook County sheriff’s office

A West Side man on electronic monitoring for a September drug charge is back in jail after officers checking on him found crack cocaine sitting on a plate on his dining room floor Thursday afternoon.

Officers from the Cook County Sheriff’s Electronic Monitoring Unit went to 23-year-old Michael Rivers’ home in the 100 block of North Laramie about 4:40 p.m. after receiving a report of a curfew violation, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

After they determined that Rivers had a legitimate reason for leaving the home, the officers went to inspect the monitoring unit and, in the process, saw what appeared to be crack cocaine sitting in plain view on a plate in the living room, the sheriff’s office said.

Officers also found a fully loaded AK-47, a loaded .357 revolver and marijuana in the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

Rivers was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of more than 15 grams of cocaine and possession of marijuana, the sheriff’s office said. He was originally placed on electronic monitoring on Sept. 30 as part of his bond for a previous drug possession charge.

Two other people at the home were taken into custody after the search, but they were not charged, the sheriff’s office said.

Rivers’ bond was set at $75,000, according to the sheriff’s office. His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 12.