Three charged as police shut down Oak Park drug house

Cops report recovering cannabis, cocaine, meth inside rented home

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By Bob Uphues

Riverside-Brookfield Landmark Editor

Police officers from the West Suburban Enhanced Drug/Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) task force reportedly shut down a drug dealing operation in Oak Park last week, arresting three people.

Edward P. Creedon, 32, the target of the police investigation, was at home when police executed their search warrant on Feb. 13 at 6 a.m. at a single-family home at 1181 S. Euclid Ave.

He was charged with four felony drug offenses, including possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, which could put Creedon behind bars for up to 30 years, if he's convicted.

But Creedon's mother says police have blown what was going on inside the Euclid Avenue home out of proportion, and that her son was not involved in dealing drugs.

"This was not a drug operation," said Karen Creedon.

According to WEDGE Chairman Thomas Weitzel, who is police chief in Riverside, the investigation into the Oak Park operation stemmed from an incident in Riverside in early January.

Creedon was renting the Oak Park home and illegally subleasing rooms inside the house to at least five others in order to support the drug operation, according to Weitzel. Three of those with subleasees were at home when police executed the search warrant.

Two of the three were arrested, including Matthew A. Cooley, 35, of Chicago, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), and a 30-year-old Oak Park woman who was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Creedon and Cooley were released from police custody on Sunday after a Cook County judge issued personal recognizance bonds for both men.

Karen Creedon disputed the police contention that her son was renting to others to support a drug operation. Living with Creedon were his fiancé; Cooley, who is a personal friend; and one other person, said his mother.

During their search of the home, police reported recovering seven grams of cannabis, 1.3 grams of cocaine in both powder and rock form, and 30 grams of methamphetamine. All of the drugs were packaged for both personal use and for sale, according to Weitzel.

Police also recovered what they believe were eight grams of psychedelic mushrooms, but the substance is being analyzed at the Illinois State Police crime lab. Additional charges may be coming, said Weitzel.

"This is a significant arrest as the offenders arrested were selling cannabis, cocaine and meth to other residents of the west suburban area," said Weitzel in a press release. "Police observed numerous drug transactions in which the 'customer' would drive to the home and purchase narcotics at the front door or by going inside the home and then quickly leave after the purchase."

Karen Creedon said it was true that people were visiting the home late at night and for short visits, but said it was because her son had surgery recently and that his friends, many of whom, work until late at night, simply were coming to visit.

"Patrick had hernia surgery a couple weeks ago, and has been in the house for most of that time," Karen Creedon said. "His roommates say there have been a ton of visitors popping in and out to see him.

"Patrick is a night owl. Many of his friends are also, or work night jobs and know he's up. Unfortunately, visitors popping in and out between midnight and 3 a.m. looks suspicious after their home was raided by a task force of 30 police including a SWAT team with rifles."

According to Weitzel, it's the first WEDGE operation where officers have recovered methamphetamine. Weitzel said that the meth was not "cooked" at the Oak Park home. Creedon reportedly was buying the drugs from another source and selling them from the Oak Park address.

Karen Creedon also complained that the family and her son's attorney have not been given complete information about the arrests.

"We will not have the full story until after the pre-trial, but so far no one, including his attorney has been told by the police what they are charged with, what drugs they found in the house or any quantity," Karen Creedon said. "All we 'officially' know is what is stated on the [personal recognizance] bond: 'You are charged with possession of an un-controlled substance.'"

WEDGE is a multijurisdictional task force begun in 2006. Its members include police from Berwyn, Brookfield, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, North Riverside, Oak Park, River Forest, River Grove, Riverside and Stickney.

 

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Anon  

Posted: February 24th, 2015 9:09 PM

Forest Park police and WEDGE on Feb. 20 raided an apartment in building in the 900 block of Ferdinand Ave, 50 feet from Forest Park Middle School. Carlos D. Sanders, 41, was charged with manufacture /delivery of 30- 500 grams of cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, mnf/del of cannabis, etc. Police executed a warrant at 4:57 a.m. and reported recovering 130 grams of pot, some packaged for delivery, and recovered about $1,000 in cash, along with numerous items used in the packaging of cannabis.

sade  

Posted: February 22nd, 2015 10:07 PM

WOW everyone is quick to jump on this when these Barney Fifes can claim a victory of 1/4 oz. of weed and a couple lines. Major drug bust and felons? I think idiots in uniform

Deep  

Posted: February 21st, 2015 7:35 PM

Shouldnt they( po po) have gotten the person(s) selling to Mr Edward Creedon? Lets make some real news and show pictures of boxes and piles of cash in the $millions. Clearly WEDGE doesnt know how to go undercover and infiltrate a drug operation......Hmmmm

dan  

Posted: February 20th, 2015 3:23 PM

The police have to do what they have to do. The prison system is a dismal failure. We don't have to like what these people have done, but we can still pray for their salvation- that's the hard part. Praying for someone that you feel hate for. If we can just save one person that's on the path to destruction, then we've done a lot- but if we ignore them all, and everyone of em goes to hell, then Satan has won. It's a daunting challenge, even for lord Jesus- we are the vessels thru which he works

OP Transplant  

Posted: February 20th, 2015 2:18 PM

So the police shut down a known, long-time drug dealer, and people complain about the expense and allocation of police resources. Jesus, people! If you don't want the cops arresting people who deal drugs in residential areas, what exactly do you want the cops doing?

Dave from RF  

Posted: February 20th, 2015 2:03 PM

Right on Dan. All these moaners have only themselves to shame/blame. IMO this is a big waste of taxpayer dollars. This guy with 30 or 300 or 3000 doses of meth should be stopped ... but it does not take a WEDGE TASH FORCE. Look in the mirror EVERYONE if you need to blame someone for your guilty feelings.

dan  

Posted: February 20th, 2015 1:22 PM

I know its more complicated than that- its a quandary. I was very verbose on the Michael Brown article. Very judgmental, and I cant help but feel more compassion than I showed for him. Now I'm paying for it- You don't wanna go down that road. Wilson acted in the manor that he had to. What I'm saying is sometimes bad things happen, and bad people may be killed, deserve it- but we shouldn't feel good about it. I know easier said than done. but if you hurt badly enough U'll understand. Read Bible

Magpie  

Posted: February 20th, 2015 11:48 AM

@dan. Take a moment to study the mug shot imbedded in this article. Is this tender dew-drop longing for your redemptive forgiveness? I think not. As my late grandmother used to say: "that one would be bold enough to pluck out your eye and sit in the socket".

OP Res 253  

Posted: February 20th, 2015 10:41 AM

Blessed are the drug dealers for they shall inherit... Blessed are the poor who shake down the not poor and demand food, housing, healthcare and education they have not earned. Amen, I say to you: stray, remain idle, impregnate and abandon, pollute the temple, endanger you neighbors and indebt the unborn. Always get teary at that Gospel. @Dan, a pure heart without principled action fails the free will God gave you. PS: you are the one judging, so lest you've been judged.

dan  

Posted: February 20th, 2015 9:30 AM

I know no one wants to hear this, but you have to. The evil in our hearts is far more grievous worse than what these people have done. Its no more worse to say something bad than it is to hold it in your heart. If you don't forgive someone for something they did, then you will not be forgiven for your trespasses. To hold hate in your heart, and wish someone would die and go to hell, may well be your own sentence there, rather than his. What you measure against a man, will be measured against you

dan  

Posted: February 20th, 2015 9:03 AM

In our society we are all geared for competition rather than sharing and helping one another. From the time we are born, it begins, and never ends. (smarter, look better), all sports- all (this teams better than that team) In Brazil- soccer, people die from rage when there team loses. Look at hockey, in Canada. As adults, I make more money than you, I drive a nicer care than you. This behavior isnt going to get us into heaven. This life is a staging ground 4 next the after life better- wake up

dan  

Posted: February 20th, 2015 8:38 AM

I know this will be viewed as an intrusion, but it seems necessary. Shouldn't we pray for this man, and others that have strayed along the way, for salvation rather than criticize, judge, and condemn them? Its a grievous world that we live in. The Lord states that it is a great joy, when a lost sheep is found, turned and saved worthy of great celebration. In the eyes of the lord, this man is no worse than the rest of us. If he repents, and changes his ways to follow the lord, he will be forgiven

Rusty  

Posted: February 19th, 2015 8:53 PM

Yeah my comment was rather pointless, as is this one.

Anonymous  

Posted: February 19th, 2015 7:25 PM

Well, yeah, Rusty, except for the occasional rural farm house or shack that blows up. It's a news article. They cover all the bases, including whether the drugs were possibly being produced there. Glad you know so much about methamphetamine. The fact that that garbage is in Oak Park is news.

oprf class of 2000 from Op  

Posted: February 19th, 2015 6:24 PM

@Rusty- what's your point? Useless comments.

Rusty  

Posted: February 19th, 2015 7:38 AM

If anyone knows anything about meth it's that 95+% is coming from Mexico, not being cooked domestically. So it can be assumed that he was not cooking the meth they found, specifically stating that fact is unnecessary for all but the paranoid and uninformed.

Placebo Group from Oak Park  

Posted: February 18th, 2015 6:20 PM

I happen to know the men being charged and I have to say that Creedon deserves all that he gets. He's nothing but a thug. Ma Creedon, open your eyes. This isn't the first time your little boy has been busted for dealing drugs. It was only a matter of time. And if Matthew was dealing, you reap what you sow. If he wasn't, I hope he gets the help he needs.

oprf class of 2000  

Posted: February 18th, 2015 1:13 PM

Regarding the end of this Article:Tell Mama Creedon and her 32 year old son's attorney that they can get info before the pre-trial by reading the police blotter and articles in the suntimes, trib and WJ (including this one) to see what they've been charged with. Simple as that.

John Q  

Posted: February 18th, 2015 9:38 AM

Someone please tell Mom Creedon that the police aren't going to tell you anything about your 30 yr old son's charges. If the attorney doesn't know who to talk to you're getting ripped off.

Shiny  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 7:12 PM

These lads are not the boogy men and woman that you portray them to be......Boy and girl and friend. Thats all

Billy G  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 7:03 PM

Jim, 30 grams of meth is a simple drug bust?? That's well over $2000 in meth. Get real

HA ha  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 6:46 PM

Xavier, a proud product of OPRF. Not only four words, but the words are Toke Park Reefer Forest and you must also remember to capitalize names... pass the joint Xavier!

Doc Ryan from Forest Park  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 6:37 PM

That is four words Xavier.

xavier from oak park  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 5:51 PM

there are plenty of drugs being sold and done in the sweet little suburban town of oak park. this is nothing new. two words, smoke park reefer forest.

Jim  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 4:21 PM

I'm reading the actual results of what they found actually as a simple drug bust, that is being blown totally out of proportion to make a name for the police chief and his exorbitant salary.

Bruce Jenner from Wonderland  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 4:09 PM

Who set these boys up? Sounds like an awfully small operation. How'd the cops know they would have the 30 grams of meth that morning? The rest of the stash has personal use written all over it.

West Austin from North Berwyn  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 2:26 PM

What happened to this village's great love of diversity? Our streets should be full of both drug dealers AND non-drug dealers!

oak parker from oak park  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 2:25 PM

@rdglnd the reason the woman's name is not mentioned is because she is not being charged with a felony- only a misdemeanor. its WJ policy to not use names when the crime is not at a certain level.

rdglnd  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 2:05 PM

i love that the WJ took down my comment. it makes me think that this person is not being named by this paper for a reason!

OP Rez  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 1:36 PM

Why are people surprised? This IS Toke Park after all, where families come to feel morally superior to other suburban folk with their sanctimonious bleeding heart B.S. Maybe everyone here should hold hands and sing cum-bey-ya, spark up a spliff and compete over whose got more "diversity" on their block, and talk about how everything's the white mans fault. Seriously, I'd be surprised if there wasn't a "drug house" on every block in Toke Park.

oak parker from oak park  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 1:21 PM

@rdglnd are you dense? you're surprised that someone that got arrested is from a nice block? wow. smdh

Colin from Chicago   

Posted: February 17th, 2015 1:02 PM

@ Winter. Ummm, yeah, because taking ritalin prescribed by a doctor and smoking meth that some tweaker cooked in his basement are exactly the same thing. Exactly.

Winter Skye  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 12:07 PM

@Colin: I know, right? If you want speed, you should go to reputable sources! Get a 'script for Ritalin from an MD! :/

Sarah Palin from Wasilla, AK  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 11:57 AM

There's only one person to blame here. Barack Hussein Obama. THANKS OBAMA!!

THROW THE BOOK AT THEM from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 11:49 AM

THIS MUST STOP IN THIS TOWN....REPENT AND FIND JESUS!

OPRF Student from Oak Park from Oak park  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 11:46 AM

but seriously...if you're a drug user in your 30's still living in your hometown...it's kinda obvious where your life's headed...unless you just don't get caught. wake up, guys.

OPRF Student from Oak Park  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 11:45 AM

It's only natural that his mom would defend him to no end- it's her oldest son. It's sad. I hope she doesn't take it too hard. But why is anyone surprised? This is Oak Park. Anyone who went there during the 90's, 2000's during Creedon's time shouldn't be surprised. Or maybe you actually had your head buried in a book- good for you. So many of us got involved with drugs. Congrats to us all on not getting caught.

Jesse Jackson Trevon Martin Jr. Jr. Jr. from Chiraq  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 11:29 AM

How could this happen in such a fine village like Oak Park? I thought DARE kept people out of this rubbish? Bless their souls....PRAY FOR THEM! #COOLEYFORPRESIDENT

Colin from Chicago  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 11:15 AM

Also, FYI, here are the sentencing guidelines for the crimes with which Creedon is being charged: Sale of 15 GRAMS TO 100 GRAMS (methamphetamine) Felony Up to $500,000 Fine &/or 6 to 30 Years in Pen.

Colin from Chicago  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 11:09 AM

It's sad and somewhat funny that, no matter what someone does, their Mom will always find a way to rationalize things. He just had a lot of visitors because of his hernia operation? Come on, seriously!?!? Also, everyone on this thread seems to only want to focus on the 7 grams of weed and 1.3 grams of coke. Admittedly, small amounts. However, they found 30 GRAMS OF METH prepackaged for sale. When considering the criminal case, that's all that really matters.

Lazy Reporting from the WJ, as usual  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 11:06 AM

@James, seems like the local residents are happy. Per Patch's reporting - which includes more info, includes claiming that those arrested were still wasted- "Residents started cheering the officers as they were walking the prisoners out to the squad cars," Weitzel said. "An elderly resident called me personally to say that she knew drug activity was happening at the house but was afraid of retribution if she reported it to police."

Lobster Mobster from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 9:58 AM

This is Oak Park, and we do not tolerate drug manufacturing or distribution in the village. Thirty cops - that's how you send a message! Keep the streets safe for wealthy tax paying residents and make the drugs somewhere else. Great job by the police here.

anonymous  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 9:40 AM

Hey James, did you forget about those 30 GRAMS OF METH??? That amount is hardly "personal possession". So yes, I feel a lot safer knowing that stuff is off the street

anonymous  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 9:05 AM

Actually, James, you're wrong. You enforce the law because the law needs to be enforced. They arrested three people accused of crimes, at least one of them a serious criminal. Your focusing on what was confiscated is just silly.

James  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 7:58 AM

Actually Anon, yes you do. Incredible waste of police resources to "capture" what amounted to personal possession amounts of drugs. This is an example of the failure of the war on drugs. You're going to sleep better knowing that a quarter of weed was taken off the streets? Hooray. SMH.

Anonymous  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 6:54 AM

I beg to differ, Thomas. The Oak Park bust had a big impact on the neighborhood. For the better. You don't measure the impact of a police action by comparing drugs confiscated to the number of police involved. C'mon.

Anonymous from Oak Park  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 6:39 AM

I think Jon is still hot

Concerned Citizen from Oak Park  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 4:27 AM

Thomas, what does $1000 worth of drugs have to do with anything?? You'd have to be a complete idiot to keep a complete stockpile of drugs on hand. The police probably monitored the residence for a long period of time, seeing many drug transactions totalling far more than what they seized on Friday. It's the fact that a known drug house is shutdown that's to good part of the story. I'm sure it's a "major impact" to the residents of the 1100 block of Euclid.

Thomas from Oak Park  

Posted: February 17th, 2015 2:22 AM

30 police officers raided the house in order to seize about $1,000 in drugs. I'm sure the neighbors are glad to rid of those who were involved but let's get real! There are major drug operations all over the west side of Chicago. People are driving in to the area from all over Illinois and border states looking to score. Massive quantities of dope including heroin, crack, and meth are being dealt in an open market without much interference from law enforcement. The Oak Park bust had no impact.

Dirt Nasty from HaterVille  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 11:11 PM

Only a complete moron would actually believe either one of them actually posted that.

OP Res 253  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 9:56 PM

Did someone say kittens?

Carl Weathers from Heaven  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 9:19 PM

miss your touch, Dutch. :(

Dr. Chim Richalds from San Diego, CA  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 8:55 PM

Pirate hookers love meth

John Q  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 8:53 PM

Well this comment board became unexpectedly humorous :)

Bob Macintosh from Oakpark  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 8:38 PM

Better call Saul.

Latarian Milton from College Park, GA  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 8:36 PM

It's fun to do bad thangs

Dan Errichiello from River Forest  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 8:00 PM

All this meth talk is making me want meth. Mr cowels, hit me up dawg!

Jesus from Heaven  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 7:57 PM

Good one dad!

God from Heaven  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 7:44 PM

Anthony, do really think that was Mr Cowles?? Do you really think that I'm God too??

anthony from oak park  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 7:42 PM

I'm going to check if your still teaching if so I'm reporting you to the school board u should be ashamed of yourself

anthony from oak park  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 7:40 PM

You should be ashamed of yourself mr. Cowles for talking about your former students like that. You are supposed to be an educator. I should've beat your ass in high school

The actual Ed Christ from Chicago  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 7:36 PM

Good to know Thomas. I was worried

Thomas Jefferson from River Forest  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 7:27 PM

Ed Christ...Don't worry little guy at least your roids and and limp pills are still in supply for you.

Maggy  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 7:08 PM

Cowles I hope you are not on staff at oprf your comment regarding your past student was extremely unprofessional totally lacking any ethics.

Mr. Cowles from OPRF  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 6:23 PM

I had young Patrick in my class many years ago. He had the most horrible body odor. Made my classroom smell like the gorilla pit at Brookfield Zoo. None of this surprises me. Never trust someone with horrible body odor!

Sgt Joe Friday  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 6:20 PM

Not that I'm not glad if a drug house has been shut down. But it's not much of an operation if it has to be subsidized by renting out rooms. 1 gram of cocaine? 7 grams of maryjane?

Ed Christensen from Chitown  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 6:17 PM

Well this sucks. I'm all out meth

Jon Cuzzo from FoPo  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 5:59 PM

So I have a dog. Pat Creedon once tried to give my dog meth. Glad that animal is off the street!! I love my dog

ribert  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 5:50 PM

Well I went to school with this dude and this doesn't surprise me not one bit......oh well no sympathy from me his loss smdh

John Q  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 5:08 PM

E. are you not violating your own assertion in your first sentence? You do not know the circumstances causing people to comment. ..I would assume.

John Q  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 5:04 PM

Disagree Berwyn.Trailer trash culture? Sir these are Oak Parkers. Nothing indicates they even lived in trailer parks. Good Oak Parkers are normal. Bad Oak Parkers are influenced by the west side and/or white trailer trash? How selective.

E.   

Posted: February 16th, 2015 5:00 PM

No one has any room to place blame or comment on people or circumstances you don't know. You want to throw stones in your glass houses and "get even" with a stranger for your personal societal issues or mistreatment. Well this is not your scapegoat. Pick at the heart of a problem and not a rogue symptom. Get a different soap box.

Agreed from North Berwyn  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 4:33 PM

@Karma: Here you go - When are white people going to start cracking down on white trailer trash culture?

Brian Slowiak from Westchester  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 3:30 PM

@ Karma: if that is all you want, I will gladly serve on the firing squad for drug dealers.

Karma from Forest Park  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 3:09 PM

Interesting.... Where are all the labels I'm so used to seeing when the offender is one of color? Thug, low life, etc? Funny how tame the comments are when the perpetrator looks like your average Oak Parker...

John Q  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 2:49 PM

I am so confused. A drug house in Oak Park, three people arrested and not one of them is from Austin???? How is this possible?

muntz  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 2:39 PM

Interesting lineage on the property. According to blockshopper, the home is owned by Lee Jerousek, CFO of Howl at the Moon. He was once co-owner with Gabriele Jerousek, who was once featured in a WJ article (http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-9-2008/120-coats-and-counting/) and is now doing, of all things, cannabis consulting in Canada. Cached craigslist search reveals attempt to rent room for $600 back in January.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal Wednesday Journal Employee

Posted: February 16th, 2015 2:22 PM

The underlying policy at Wednesday Journal is to not name people who have been charged with misdemeanors rather than felonies. Our policy has changed over the years as search engine technology has become the norm and people who we had routinely named for lesser legal issues in the past now found that 10 year old news item as the first thing that turned up when a potential employer Googled their name. This is a policy we are comfortable with and which we feel meets the needs of both our readers and those charged with minor crimes.

Crybabies from WJ  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 1:38 PM

@Terri Svehla - Tribune owned Oak Leaves has that info, Who knows why WJ won't release the name? Maybe the person is a relative/friend of someone who is popular with the Oak Park Elite and thus is entitled to WJ protection?

Teri Svehla from Oak Park  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 1:16 PM

Why not list the "30 year old Oak Park woman's" name?

Joe from South oak park  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 12:28 PM

(odd my home pc seems to be on the comment naughty list for some unknown reason, but my phone isn't). The 48 he hold must be IP based.

joe from South oak park  

Posted: February 16th, 2015 12:25 PM

It has been an open secret in the neighborhood that this house has been selling drugs for a long time. I first heard about it over a year ago and then again in September. Apparently, police were just waiting for enough evidence to make the charges stick. Way to go. Places like this attract crime. Good riddance.

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