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Police Arrest Five People, Put Down Pit Bull in Narcotics Busts

Five people were arrested on drug charges after police searched two Evanston homes Friday. Police also had to put down a pit bull that was “acting aggressively” toward offices.

Police arrested five people and had to put down a pit bull during a search for drugs at two Evanston homes on Friday. 

Police executed two search warrants simultaneously in the 2000 block of Warren Street and the 1300 block of Darrow Avenue at approximately 11:20 a.m., according to a press release from the department. Detectives from the department’s special operations conducted the searches in conjunction with members of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Gang Crimes unit, as part of an ongoing investigation of narcotics sales in Evanston.

As they entered the home in the 1300 block of Darrow Avenue, officers encountered a large pit bull that was “acting aggressively toward police,” according to the release. “As a result, the dog was put down,” the release said.

Between both homes, police seized 125 grams of cannabis, one gram of crack cocaine and several pills of a controlled substance called Alprazolam, or Xanax. Police also seized a little more than $2,300 that they believe was used in illegal drug sales.

Fitzroy Barnaby, 19, and Colwin Junior, 23, both of the 2000 block of Warren Street, were each charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and possession of cannabis, both felonies.

Kaynor Ebanks, 29, of the 1300 block of Darrow Avenue, was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.

Alain Ebanks, 27, and Fritz Murray, 43, both of the 1300 block of Darrow Avenue, were each charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of cannabis.

Deb January 19, 2013 at 05:08 AM
So you come into a dog's home and ransack it and you were expecting the dog to greet you with kisses and a waggy tail? My lick you to death Boxer would be acting the same. How about call AC, remove the dog, search the house and then have the dog evaluated on neutral turf when it's had a chance to calm down. Would you have shot a Weimaraner, Collie, Golden Retriever? Doubtful. What ever happened to tranquilizing animals? Everyone's so shoot the dog gun happy and for the record, this isn't an example of putting a dog "down". You killed it. Don't try to sugarcoat it.
Leslie January 19, 2013 at 06:22 AM
I agree with you Deb
The Realist January 19, 2013 at 06:43 AM
I agree Deb. You entered the dogs space. And they put down anOther pit bull a few monthes ago on darrow. And it was a friendly dog.
Michelle January 19, 2013 at 01:53 PM
They didn't "put down" the dog, they shot it. Agree w Deb's comment. Where was AC? Where was an evaluation? This dog should have been given at least same chance for justice and rehabilitation as his owners.
victoria smith January 19, 2013 at 01:53 PM
I too agree with this. They had other options than shoot the dog.
millie January 19, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Appears from the article the owners of the dog were their. Did they have control of the dog?
Alexis Eyler January 19, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I, too, agree with Deb. That is terrible! I am so tired of hearing stories of police entering someone's property and shooting the dog because the dog is "acting aggressively." My dogs would certainly run at anyone who came onto our property, but not with the intent of doing harm, yet I fear that the first response from law enforcement would be to kill my dogs. There are other options and just because the residents of the home might be "bad" people, or the dog is a bully breed, this does not mean the dog is bad.
Frank January 19, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Did you all miss the point here? They executed a warrant and arrested drug dealers and a pit bull that was probably going to attack was shot and all you talk about was the poor dog... Thanks to EPD for their hard work!
lucas January 19, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I think they failed to read the article or think the police should have called for APPOINTMENT
Etown06 January 19, 2013 at 04:07 PM
They are executing a search warrant on a house that is occupied by people doing bad things and they could have weapons. The last thing they need is a dog (who does have a bad track record for violence) come at them. Don't assume this dog was all friendly and nice. Search warrants like this happen in seconds for the element of surprise and the police have to make split second decisions. They don't have time to evaluate this dog or get animal control in because they have to catch the bad guys first.
Eric January 19, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Thank you Et6. It was a drug bust. Had the police not encountered the dog, most of the evidence might not have been flushed. And thank you EPD.
millie January 19, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Alexis Did you bother to read the article?
Fred January 19, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Gee it seems that all Deb & the few other "KNOW NOTHINGS" just don't seem to understand that those arrested were the BAD GUYS! Did she ever take the time to consider that those BAD GUYS had the pit bull there for a reason & it wasn't for fun & games at the dog park! What are police did is rid our streets & neighborhoods of FIVE CRIMINALS that will make our streets safer for all of us!
DL January 19, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Thank you EPD!
annie January 20, 2013 at 05:41 AM
I guess I am wondering why people are sad that a mean, pit bull at a drug dealers house was killed. The more drug raids the better. Lets get the drugs out of Evanston. Its not like these people are contributing anything positive to our community.
Martha Petersen January 20, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Yup. It IS sad that the police had to put down a dog in order to do their job. It's sad that some folks (in this case, the drug dealers) train and use dogs to be aggressive to protect their (the alleged criminals') interests. The entire situation is sad. But the conversation in the community has been that citizens insist that the police do more to control and address crime. Unfortunately, I see no way to have it "both ways". As an aside, I've met more than a few police officers (from Evanston and elsewhere) at the local dog park, who have rescued and adopted pitbull puppies from drug raids, etc. No situation is just black or white.

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