COOK COUNTY, IL – A 26-year-old Chicago male offender has been charged after he fled from investigators with a package containing switches that convert Glock handguns to fully automatic weapons, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Thursday, April 11, 2019.
Sheriff’s Police investigators received information from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that a package with two switches addressed to a residence in Calumet City had been intercepted at a postal facility. At approximately 6:40 p.m. on April 9, 2019, Sheriff’s Police, HSI and the United States Postal Inspection Service executed a search warrant at the residence in the block of 400 Burnham Avenue in Calumet City after the package was delivered to that address.
During the execution of the search warrant, a man, later identified as Devante Murphy, fled from the residence with the package still in hand, jumping off a balcony. He was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. Both switches were later located and recovered.
Murphy, of the 8900 block of South Union Avenue, was charged on April 10 with unlawful use of a weapon/machine gun-automatic weapon. His bond was set at $50,000-D during his court appearance today at the Markham Courthouse.
The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.
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