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.

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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