Lockport man, girlfriend charged in NL drug raid
By Brian Stanley email@example.com October 1, 2013 10:38PM
Jerald D. Shumpert | Will County Sheriff's Office
Updated: November 3, 2013 6:41AM
A Lockport man faces a heroin charge for the second time this year after he and his girlfriend were arrested Monday during a raid on their home, according to police.
Sgt. Louis Alessandrini said an ongoing drug investigation led New Lenox police and the Will County Special Operations Group to raid the house, 219 Nobes Ave., where Jerald D. Shumpert resides with his girlfriend, Ashley N. Gant. Alessandrini said heroin and money were seized in the raid.
“Shumpert had a Dodge Charger that is up for repossession parked right against the back door of the house with another vehicle parked in front of it,” Alessandrini said. “Three large pit bulls were chained to the rims of the Charger.”
Shumpert, 38, and Gant, 25, were charged with possession of heroin, and Shumpert was also charged with possession of a potentially vicious dog by a felon.
The dogs were turned over to Will County Animal Control.
On Jan. 24, the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad arrested Shumpert and Terrelle R. Clark, 36, after they sold a half-gram of heroin to undercover agents at a park in Joliet.
“Shumpert is a well-known street-level dealer for heroin in the Joliet area (who) became a target for our investigations,” then-MANS director Vic Markowski said following the arrests.
Shumpert was charged with heroin trafficking and released on $75,000 bail. He’s scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in the case on Monday.
Clark pleaded guilty in June and was sentenced to three years in prison.