Guns, drugs found as cops raid reality TV star’s Loop apartment: prosecutors

Dylan Smith appears on “Love after Lockup” and in a CPD mugshot (inset) | WEtv; CPD

The star of a reality TV show about men’s love lives as they return home from prison is, well, probably going back to prison.

Dylan Smith, 30, was arrested last week after parole officers and Chicago police raided his Loop apartment and uncovered two firearms, prescriptions drugs, crack, and heroin, according to prosecutors. Illinois Department of Corrections has moved to revoke Smith’s parole.

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“Right now I’m living [on the] North Side of Chicago. I’m loving it,” Smith said in one episode of Love After Lockup on WEtv. “I am still on parole. Still have to do all the random drug testing. Even though I’m home, I’m not totally free. But, hopefully, they’ll let me off soon.”

Or not.

According to IDOC records, Smith went on “absconder” status after being released early from prison in June 2019. He served half of a six-year burglary sentence concurrently with a pair of narcotics terms.

Last Thursday morning, parole officers caught up with Smith at a condo in the 700 block of South Wells — reportedly after the North Side’s 20th District Commander Brendan McCrudden asked for them to check the residence. Authorities executed a search warrant on the residence a few hours later.

Prosecutors said police found a loaded 9-millimeter handgun, an 8-millimeter handgun with a bullet jammed in the barrel, 40 Ritalin pills, crack, heroin, Adderall, and a bag of pills that are believed to be Xanax.

Smith is now charged with Class X felony armed habitual criminal and possession of a controlled substance. Judge David Navarro set his bail at $50,000. But Smith won’t be able to get out of jail anytime soon. Navarro also ordered him held without bail while the state considers sending the recidivist Romeo back to prison.

Prosecutors said Smith has previous felony convictions for cannabis in 2010 and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in 2012.

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