Crime & Courts

Carpentersville man eats cocaine to destroy evidence, officials say

Lamelle T. Johnson tried to eat cocaine sitting next to a stolen handgun in a last-ditch effort to destroy evidence, authorities said.

About 4:45 p.m. Nov. 2, Carpentersville police served a search warrant at Johnson’s home in the 1100 block of Chippewa Circle.

Johnson, 51, and another Carpentersville man now face criminal charges in connection with the incident, according to a Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

When police served the warrant, they found more than 15 grams of cocaine and 25 hydrocodone pills in the home.

Next to the cocaine was a stolen Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun and bullets.

Police soon noticed Johnson trying to eat something: It was the cocaine.

Johnson refused to cooperate with police as they tried to arrest him.

James M. Glover, 30, of the
1200 block of Navajo Circle, was there, too, and in possession of a stolen Glock 17 handgun. Glover was on parole from a 2011 felony case.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon charged Johnson with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, obstructing justice by destroying evidence, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest and possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card.

Glover has been charged with possession of a firearm while on parole.

Johnson’s next court appearance will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 14. He remains in the Kane County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bail. 

Glover is set to appear in court at 9 a.m. Nov. 14. He remains in the Kane County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bail.

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