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updated: 10/9/2012 5:19 PM

Naperville pot suspect arrested in front of police chief's house

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  • Maximilian Salling

    Maximilian Salling


Villa Park Police Chief Robert Pavelchik doesn't like to be the cop in his own neighborhood, but said he had no choice when he found two people smoking pot in front of his house.

The incident led to the arrest of Maximilian Salling, 18, of Montgomery, who remained in DuPage County jail Tuesday on $50,000 bail.

Salling was charged after Pavelchik returned home Sept. 13 to find two people smoking marijuana in a 1999 Ford Escort parked in front of his house on Naperville's south side.

Pavelchik said he "had a little talk" with the suspects and detained them until local police arrived.

"You hate to be the police in your own neighborhood, but you've got to," Pavelchik said Tuesday, adding he often encourages people to be proactive and report suspicious activity in their communities. "That's my job as a citizen. That's the message I try to put out there."

Salling is charged with possessing more than 10 grams of cannabis with intent to deliver, cannabis possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Arraignment is set for Oct. 15 in front of Judge Robert Kleeman. Salling's friend was not charged.

This was at least the third time Salling was charged with marijuana possession this year, according to court records. He received court supervision after pleading guilty in the earlier cases in April and May. Prosecutors are now seeking to have him resentenced.

Salling, formerly of Naperville, also was cited last year for cannabis possession at Naperville Central High School, court records show. He would have to post $5,000 to bond out of jail.

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