Sunday, March 25, 2012

Marijuana Bust in Garfield Ridge

A citizen call to 911 about alleged gang activity in front of a house in Garfield Ridge led to the arrest last Tuesday night of a 21-year-old man on drug-related charges.

5211 South Normandy
Fernando "Babyface" Diaz was arrested on charges of possession of cannabis, possession of a cannabis plant, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled to appear in court, 51st and Wentworth, at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Police said that they arrived at the house, 5211 S. Normandy, at about 9:40 p.m. and encountered two men on the front porch. While questioning them, the responding officers said they smelled the odor of burnt marijuana wafting from the front door and window, which were open.

After they requested and received consent to search the premises, they found marijuana at various places in the house, including on top of the kitchen refrigerator and at various points in a basement bedroom, including stufffed inside a baby's shoe hanging from a wall. Also recovered in the basement bedroom was a glass pipe used for ingesting narcotics.

Police report that the occupants of the house admitted that the marijuana and pipe were theirs.

The house and its occupants were briefly a topic of discussion about 24 hours earlier, at a meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch (GRNW).

According to public records, the house is owned Shivraj Nijjar. Efforts by the Southwest Chicago Post to reach Shivraj Nijjar have been unsuccessful thus far.

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    1. The drug seizure says otherwise. Ha ha ha ha ha.

  2. That's what happens when non-residents of the neighborhood, who have no vested interest in its preservation, buy property and rent it out. As long as their check comes, they couldn't care less which gang banging pot-heads they allow to move into our neighborhood. That this article reference's the offender's nickname "Babyface" means that he probably has a criminal record and AKA that hit on a LEADS inquiry when police ran him. Why didn't the landlord run a criminal background check? Answer: because all they care about is the money coming in. It may not be a crime to rent property to people with criminal backgrounds, but in Garfield Ridge - one of the last bastions of safety, community, low unemployment rates, high real estate values, a lack of LINK/WIC dependent leeches, and hope in Chicago - landlords should respect the social environment we have struggled tirelessly to preserve. This neighborhood will not become the next Roseland. Or Englewood. Or even Pilsen. There should be consequences for landlords that rent to dirt bags. If anyone knows of such legal remedies, please share them.