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A Cook County judge late last month found a man not guilty of dealing cocaine after police found drugs and weapons at a condo owned by Chicago’s highest-ranking female police officer in February 2009.
Casey Crawford, 30, was charged after police found nearly 170 grams of cocaine stuffed inside a PlayStation console at 4553 W. 56th St. Police also found four stolen firearms hidden in a closet, ammunition and a digital scale. According to the court file, the cocaine had a street value of $21,875.
According to the arrest report, Crawford cooperated with police and voluntarily told them that anything illegal in the apartment was his. Police initially acted on a tip from a criminal informant who said Crawford had illegal firearms in the residence. The search warrant didn’t mention drugs or Cuello.
At trial, [defense attorney] Pissetzky said, Circuit Court Judge Michael Howlett found that Crawford’s statement, by itself, was not enough to prove that the drugs were his. Because police failed to follow up on the statement, by seizing clothes or mail or fingerprinting the PlayStation or digital scale, Pissetzky said, prosecutors couldn’t prove their case.