Two arrested during drug bust in Wicker Park

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Two people were arrested early Wednesday during a drug bust that yielded 51 knotted baggies of suspected crack cocaine in Wicker Park.

About 12:45 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call for someone selling narcotics in the 1900 block of West North Avenue, according to a statement from Shakespeare District police.

When officers approached a vehicle, they saw a 17-year-old passenger in possession of a handgun, police said.

The driver, 37-year-old Phillip Floro, tried to drive after officers ordered him to turn off the vehicle, but the officers were able to get the vehicle into park, authorities said.

One of the suspects then exited the vehicle and disregarded commands to keep his hands up, prompting officers to deploy a Taser, police said. He was then taken into custody.

The .40 caliber Glock handgun with eight rounds of ammunition was recovered, as well as 51 knotted baggies of suspected crack cocaine and six suspected Ecstasy pills, police said.

Floro has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting/obstructing a peace officer, police said.

The teenager faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member in a vehicle, possession of cocaine, not having a valid FOID card and resisting/obstructing a peace officer, police said.

Floro, of the 1400 block of North 24th Avenue in Melrose Park, was ordered held on a $100,000 bond Wednesday, court records show. He is next scheduled to appear in court Sept. 1.

Police confiscated suspected crack cocaine and a gun during a drug bust in Wicker Park early Wednesday. | Chicago Police

Police confiscated suspected crack cocaine and a gun during a drug bust in Wicker Park early Wednesday. | Chicago Police

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