3 guns, cash, suspected cocaine found during electronic monitoring ‘compliance check’ at man’s home: sheriff’s office

Chicago — Officials say they found a cache of guns, drugs, and cash inside a Humboldt Park home where a five-time felon was on electronic monitoring while awaiting trial for Class X armed habitual criminal charges.

Tavaris Monroe, 30, is now charged with two more counts of the same charge. Judge Mary Marubio ordered him held without bail.

Monroe went on electronic monitoring in July after prosecutors said Chicago police saw him ditch a cross-body bag that contained a loaded handgun, 36 bags of heroin, and three capsules of crack cocaine.

Tavaris Monroe and items allegedly seized from the home where he was on electronic monitoring for a gun case. | Cook County Sheriff’s Office

According to prosecutor Sarah Dale-Schmidt, sheriff’s office investigators visited Monroe’s home this week for an electronic monitoring “compliance check.”

While officers rang the doorbell, a sergeant staked out the home’s back door and allegedly saw Monroe dump a bookbag in the gangway while telling officers on the phone that he was coming to the front door to let them in.

After Monroe went back inside to answer the front door, the sergeant opened the bookbag and found two loaded handguns, baggies, a food strainer, and lactose powder, Dale-Schmidt said.

In the kitchen, investigators allegedly discovered another loaded handgun, a Louis Vuitton bag containing $6,249 in cash, and a tray covered in white powder on top of the refrigerator. Dale-Schmidt said another bag in the kitchen contained a “large amount” of stolen over-the-counter medications and hygiene products worth $2,780.

She said Monroe admitted to putting the bookbag in the gangway and to keeping the firearms to “feel safe.”

However, Monroe’s attorney stated that there is no evidence that the alleged confession was recorded, and Monroe denies making the statement. The lawyer also mentioned that other people live in the house.

Monroe’s felony background is all narcotics-related, including two convictions for manufacture-delivery of heroin in 2010 and another in 2014.

He is only charged with possessing the guns that were allegedly found in the bookbag.

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