2 men arrested, 9 guns seized by federal task force, Chicago officials say

CHICAGO — Two Chicago men face felony gun charges after a federal task force found nine guns while executing a search warrant on Wednesday morning, officials said.

Prosecutors said police executed a search warrant on a home targeting Erick Gholson, 40, who had an outstanding firearms warrant from LaSalle County.

The officers, part of the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force, immediately found two handguns lying on a sofa in the living room with two other men and 37-year-old Milton Gholson nearby, officials said. None of the men claimed ownership of the weapon, Assistant State’s Attorney  Victor Aberdeen said during a Thursday afternoon bail hearing for the Gholsons.

Inside a bedroom, police found Milton Gholson’s wallet and ID on a nightstand, along with two loaded rifles and a loaded handgun, according to Aberdeen.

Chicago police tweeted this picture of items the task force allegedly seized during the raid. At right: Erick Gholson (top) and Milton Gholson. | Chicago Police Department

In the far back end of the home, they located a handgun in a dresser drawer, another loaded handgun, and a loaded rifle leaning against the wall, Aberdeen continued. The officers also found about 50 grams of suspected cocaine worth $5,000, he said.

Erick Gholson told police that he does not live at the home, and his ID listed a Calumet City address, officials said. Prosecutors did not charge the two men with the Gholsons inside the house.

Milton Gholson, who has been convicted of felony gun charges twice before, is charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Erick Gholson, whose most recent felony conviction is for aggravated fleeing in 2014, is charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of a controlled substance.

Their private defense attorney, John McNamara, said both men work in construction and are actively raising their children. He argued that neither man was seen handling any of the weapons, and the two men that prosecutors did not charge could just as easily have possessed the firearms.

But Judge David Kelly countered that the Gholsons are both convicted felons who “should run” anytime they see a gun nearby. He ordered both men to pay a $7,500 bail deposit to be released on electronic monitoring.

Erick Gholson is also being held in lieu of a $100,000 bail deposit in the LaSalle County case.