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Lyons police: Man admits to selling marijuana, police find AK-47 in home

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 10:59 a.m. CDT

LYONS – A Stickney man faces multiple drug charges following a traffic stop in Lyons at 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

A Lyons police officer stopped Fabian Verdan, 25, of the 4400 block of Kenilworth Avenue, Stickney, for speeding while Verdan was driving in the 7400 block of 39th Street. Police reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Verdan told police he threw the marijuana out the window when he saw the officer following him. After a search of Verdan and his vehicle, officers reported recovering more than $4,000 in cash.

A K-9 narcotics dog was called in to search for more evidence of drug use. The dog found trace evidence of marijuana in numerous areas of the vehicle, according to Lyons Police Cmdr. Brian Kuratko.

Kuratko said Verdan admitted to police he was dealing marijuana and allowed officers into his home where trace evidence of marijuana was also found. Officers also recovered other items related to drug sales, including bags, pipes and packaging material.

During the search of the home, officers also found three handguns and an AK-47 assault rifle. According to police, Verdan had a valid Illinois FOID card, but that the firearms are being held until police can verify ownership.

"Any time guns and drugs are in the same location, it's not good," Kuratko said.

Vardan was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug equipment and issued several traffic citations.

Police said the money was seized and sent to drug asset forfeiture proceedings.

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