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CPAT work leads to 3 arrests in 2 cases

JOLIET – Investigatory work by the Will County Cooperative Police Assistance Team led to the arrest of three men in two separate investigations Monday.

CPAT Director Wayne Ladd said officers were conducting surveillance Monday afternoon in a Weber Road parking lot when they observed a drug deal.

“They were there for an unrelated case, but became suspicious and notified Joliet police when the vehicle left,” Ladd said.

Joliet police stopped the vehicle and brought a K-9 unit to the scene. Ladd said a pound of marijuana was found inside.

Luis M. Catzin, 50, of the 700 block of Delta Avenue in Romeoville, and Aaron Delatorre, 26, of the first block of Beacon Avenue in Romeoville, were booked into the county jail on charges of delivery of marijuana.

Ladd said Joliet police also made another arrest for a CPAT case Monday.

On July 16, CPAT searched a residence in the 300 block of Stone Street where Nicholas Ward, 19, resides, Ladd said.

Ward, who police have identified as a known gang member, wasn’t home, but officers found a 9-mm pistol that was reported stolen from Joliet and a 12-gauge shotgun with a serial number that was obliterated, Ladd said.

A warrant was issued for Ward’s arrest and he was located by police Monday night, Ladd said.

Ward is charged with two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, driving without a license and driving without insurance. The Department of Corrections reports Ward is on parole for an aggravated unlawful use of a weapon conviction in 2013.

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