Police seize drug paraphernalia, arrest 3 at Rosemont record shop

March 24, 1997|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

Southwestern District police raided a Rosemont record shop Friday night and seized a truckload of drug paraphernalia that was allegedly being sold from the store.

Based on complaints from residents and tips from informants, members of the district's drug unit visited F & F Records in the 600 block of Poplar Grove St. during the day Friday. "We observed a large amount of drug paraphernalia at the business," said Sgt. Fred Bealefeld.

Police obtained a search warrant and raided the store about 7: 30 p.m. They seized:

More than 1 million empty gelatin capsules, which are commonly used to package heroin.

More than 1 million small plastic bags and more than 500,000 glassine bags, both often used to package drugs for sale.

More than 100 bottles of quinine, which is used as a cutting agent for heroin.

More than 100 bars of mannite, commonly used as a cutting agent for cocaine.

Eight digital scales.

Two personal computers, with software.

More than $5,800.

A .32-caliber revolver.

During the search of the building, police also found a makeshift firing range on the second floor. "They had nailed a door to a brick wall and had fired numerous times into the door, hanging on the wall," Bealefeld said.

Police recovered a large number of lead bullet fragments from the wall, he said.

Bealefeld said it appeared that the primary purpose of the storefront business was to sell paraphernalia, rather than music.

"It was almost insulting how blatant this operation was," he said. "Their inventory of records, CDs and cassette tapes, could have fit on the passenger seat of an automobile."

Police arrested Daniel Brunson, 29, of the 4100 block of Bedford Road, who said he was the store manager; Randolph Edison, 23, of the first block of Windsor Court, who said he was an employee; and Chris Hedgepeth, 26, of North Carolina.

They were charged with possession and conspiracy to distribute drug paraphernalia, a handgun violation and maintaining a common nuisance.

Pub Date: 3/24/97

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