Police announced Thursday that they arrested three men for drug dealing in a sting operation timed just days before loud bands and intoxicated students took over Northwestern’s campus for the spring festival “Dillo Day."
Police said they identified two locations where illegal drugs were for sale, one in the 2200 block of Sherman Avenue and the other in the 800 block of Hinman Street, then timed their search warrants just before Dillo Day, according to a press release from Cmdr. Jay Parrott.
“This was done to try and reduce the availability of illegal substances to students and attendees of the festival,” Parrott said in the release. The department’s drug and gang enforcement unit had begun investigating the sale of illegal drugs near campus about two weeks before the arrests.
Police executed their first search warrant May 24 on Sherman Avenue, where they said they found 750 grams of cannabis and more than $10,000 in cash. They arrested Michael Eaker, 35, of Sherman Avenue, and charged him with felony possession of cannabis and felony possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, according to Parrott.
The next day, police searched the Hamlin Street address and said they found approximately five grams of ecstasy, two grams of LSD, a small amount of cannabis and more than $3,000 in currency. They arrested Tory Reiss, 22, of Hamlin Street, and charged him with three felony counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of cannabis, Parrott reported. Reiss is a Northwestern University student, according to police.
While investigating the two alleged drug dealers near campus, police found out about other illegal drug sales in Evanston that they said originated from an apartment in the 5400 block of North Sheridan Road in Edgewater. On Thursday, they searched the building and said they found 63 ecstasy pills, 178 tabs of LSD, a small amount of cannabis and $1,800 in cash.
Following the search, police arrested Roman Egorov, 24, of North Sheridan Road in Chicago. Police said Egorov told them that he often sold drugs on Northwestern’s campus. Egorov was charged with two felony counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, two felony counts of unlawful possession with intent to deliver and one misdemeanor count for possession of cannabis.