‘Drug dealer’ and 16-year-old had AK-47 machine guns, pistols on the Magnificent Mile: prosecutors

Darris Galloway and a 16-year-old boy are each charged with having one Micro Draco and one Glock 22 handgun. (Chicago Police Department, Glock, Century Arms)

CHICAGO — A Hammond, Indiana, man and a 16-year-old boy had two AK-47 machine gun pistols and two handguns in an SUV along the Magnificent Mile, prosecutors said.

Chicago police officers first noticed Darris Galloway’s SUV because it was parked in a tow zone on Superior Street, just west of Michigan Avenue, around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. As they looked on, Galloway stepped out of the driver’s seat, opened the rear door, and began to “maneuver” an object with both hands, the officers wrote in Galloway’s arrest report.

Galloway “immediately locked eyes” with the officers, then shut the back door and returned to the driver’s seat, the officers claimed. As the officers approached the Chevy Tahoe, parked just off the Mag Mile between Tiffany’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, they saw a fully loaded Micro Draco AK-47 in the back seat, the report said.

The officers said they also found a loaded Glock handgun with an extended magazine in a slot on the SUV’s steering column and 20 rounds of ammunition in the car’s center console. The officers found four knotted bags containing 34 pills, suspected to be ecstasy, in the driver’s door panel, and they also recovered about 18 grams of cannabis, according to the report.

Prosecutors said a backpack in the rear passenger area contained a second fully automatic AK-47 and a second Glock 22. Those guns were “attributed to” the 16-year-old, according to a court filing.

In a detention petition, prosecutors described Galloway as a “convicted felon & drug dealer” who is on bond for a pending charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm in Indiana. The petition twice stated that the AK-47s found in Galloway’s SUV were fully automatic, even though Glock handguns are more commonly equipped with after-market devices that enable them to create automatic gunfire.

Prosecutors charged Galloway with Class X armed violence, Class X unlawful use of a machine gun, and two counts of possessing a controlled substance. The armed violence charge stems from the allegation that Galloway had guns “co-mingled with large amounts of narcotics,” according to the state’s complaint.

A Chicago police spokesperson said the 16-year-old is charged with two counts of unlawful use of a machine gun in a vehicle.

Judge Ankur Srivastava granted the detention petition prosecutors filed against Galloway. The 16-year-old’s case is being handled in juvenile court. Those proceedings are shielded from public review.

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