By Ben Meyerson
Four Oak Parkers were arrested Wednesday in a bust that netted an alleged drug dealer.
Following up on a tip their department picked up earlier this month, River Forest police arrested Joshua P. Gorre, 21, after executing a search warrant on his mother's home at 935 S. Kenilworth Ave in Oak Park where he lived.
Gorre was charged with three felonies: Delivery of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis, delivery of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of a controlled substance (allegedly psychedelic mushrooms).
He was also charged with two misdemeanors: Possession of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
River Forest Detective Sgt. Marty Grill said his department had been tracking Gorre with the help of a regional police task force since the beginning of October.
The investigation began, Grill said, with a tip to River Forest police that Gorre was allegedly dealing drugs out of his home in Oak Park.
With help from a regional police task force called WEDGE, River Forest observed the Kenilworth home and gathered enough information to get a search warrant, Grill said.
"We observed a significant amount of suspect sales going on in front of the house from the month of October," Grill said.
When River Forest executed the warrant on Wednesday, they allegedly found heroin, psilocybin (mushrooms), drug paraphernalia and more than $1,800 in drug-related cash.
While they found less than 30 grams of marijuana in the home when it was searched, Grill said they also found evidence that suggested a much larger amount had recently been in the home.
"There were gallon Zip-Loc baggies, many of them with drug residue," Grill said.
Since the home was within 1,000 feet of Lincoln Elementary school, Gorre was also charged with distributing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
Three others were also arrested in the bust: Gorre's 51-year-old mother, Serena, and her significant other George E. Fox, 53, both of whom lived in the home; and Jacob T. Whitelaw, 19, who lived elsewhere in Oak Park.
Serena Gorre and Fox were charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Grill said during a search of the house a small amount of heroin was allegedly found in a sock in their bedroom, which they allegedly admitted was theirs.
Whitelaw was allegedly in a car nearby with Joshua Gorre when the search warrant was executed, and was found to have a small amount of marijuana and a pipe.