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updated: 3/19/2014 12:38 PM

Elgin man facing gun, drug charges

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    Dashawn Johnson


A 20-year-old Elgin man with a criminal past faces fresh felony charges after police executed a search warrant on his east side apartment Tuesday and found a gun, cocaine, marijuana and cash, police announced Wednesday.

Dashawn Johnson, of the 900 block of Elizabeth Street, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon without a Firearm Owner's Identification card, unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, police said. Elgin Police Cmdr. Ana Lalley said authorities also recovered nine rounds of ammunition. Johnson did not resist the search and authorities are not looking for any other suspects in the case, Lalley said.

Johnson was being held on $75,000 bail Wednesday. He will need $7,500 bond to get out of jail while his case moves through the courts.

The Elgin Police Department's tactical response team executed a search warrant at Johnson's apartment at 7 p.m. Tuesday as part of an investigation into drug sales and other criminal activity.

During the search, detectives said they found a .45-caliber semiautomatic gun, 104 grams of cocaine, 51 grams of marijuana and more than $2,500 in cash.

"I'm very happy with the gang unit's work in taking another gun out of a drug dealer's hands," Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said in a statement. "These proactive efforts are a big reason our city continues to get safer."

Johnson is next due in Kane County court March 26 and faces four to 15 years in prison if convicted on the most severe charge.

Probation also is an option, but, according to Kane County court records, Johnson received two years of probation after a drug arrest in June 2011 in Elgin.

Johnson was charged with possession of between 30 grams and 500 grams of marijuana, but the charges were reduced to possession of 10 grams to 30 grams of marijuana, court records show. He pleaded guilty, was fined $3,175, ordered to complete 30 hours of community service and spent 34 days in jail.

Johnson also was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery in Elgin in June 2012. He pleaded guilty and spent 60 days in jail on that charge, records show.

• Daily Herald staff writer Harry Hitzeman contributed to this story.

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