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Sycamore man faces drug charges after police raid

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 2:51 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 10:54 p.m. CDT
Hershel V. Gaiter Jr., 37, faces drug charges after police raided his home early Thursday.

SYCAMORE – A 37-year-old Sycamore man faces felony drug charges after police said they found crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills in the Sycamore apartment where he lived.

Hershel V. Gaiter Jr., of the 300 block of East High Street, Sycamore, was in DeKalb County Jail after DeKalb County sheriff's police searched a family member's apartment at 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police found a little more than a gram of crack-cocaine broken into individual rocks, more than two ounces of marijuana, and 35 Xanax and Clonazepam pills inside the apartment, according to Sheriff's Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie.

Police obtained the search warrant after they received an anonymous tip that Gaiter was selling drugs, Dumdie said. The Sycamore Police Department assisted in their investigation, he said.

When police entered the home Thursday morning, they found Gaiter and four other family members, including his 3-year-old child. None of Gaiter's family members were arrested, Dumdie said.

Gaiter is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.

If convicted of the most serious charge, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, Gaiter could be sentenced to as many as 15 years in prison.

Dumdie added further charges could be filed against Gaiter as the investigation continues.

Gaiter's bond will be set at a court hearing at 8:45 a.m. Friday.

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