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Cache of guns, drugs found in Antioch home; 2 men arrested
By Russell Lissau | Daily Herald Staff

Antioch police executed a search warrant Wednesday night in which military-grade weapons and explosives were seized.

 

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Antioch police executed a search warrant Wednesday night in which military-grade weapons and explosives were seized.

 

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Antioch police Cmdr. Jim Ruth holds a Tec-9 semi-automatic handgun. Antioch police executed a search warrant Wednesday night in which military-grade weapons and explosives were seized.

 

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Antioch police executed a search warrant Wednesday night, in which military-grade weapons and explosives were seized. These were some of the other items that were seized.

 

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

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Published: 9/3/2009 4:48 PM | Updated: 9/4/2009 6:22 AM

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Police on Thursday described an Antioch man and his son as significant drug dealers following their arrests.

Burl Thomas, 56, and John Thomas, 24, both of the 25000 block of West Linden Lane, were arrested Wednesday night after a police search of their home.

Explosives, guns, cocaine, marijuana and other substances were found inside, authorities said.

Both men are charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon, said Larry Lindenman, director of the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group.

Additional charges are anticipated following investigations by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Lindenman said.

Explosives and more than 25 handguns and rifles were found in the house, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said. The Waukegan police bomb squad was called in to assist with the search, as was Lake County's tactical response team.

Police also recovered more than 2 pounds of cocaine in bags packaged for sale, nearly 1 pound of marijuana and 500 pills, Lindenman said.

"I think they were pretty significant dealers in the Antioch area," Lindenman said. "And not only were they dealers, but they had access to multiple explosives and weapons."

Nazi- and anarchist-themed materials also were found, police said.

The Thomases were arrested peacefully, police said. Dogs in the home were not harmed.

The arrests were part of a case generated by a tip to Antioch police, Curran said.

Lindenman and Curran praised the various local, county and federal departments for cooperating on the investigation.

The Thomases likely will appear in bond court this morning in Waukegan.