Drugs, loaded handgun found in South Side home day care center, police say

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Friday, January 8, 2016
Maverick Magee and Donzell James.
Courtesy Chicago police

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Four people were arrested and charged after police found drugs and a loaded handgun in a home that operates a child day care center in the city's South Side, police said.

After conducting a warranted search Thursday in the home, located in the 14400-block of South Kimbark, police said they detected a strong odor of cannabis and found a mason jar of it in an unsecure area, police said. In a locked room nearby the children's play area, police say they also found cannabis, codeine bottles and a loaded handgun.

No children were observed in the home at the time of the arrests, police said.

Maverick Magee, 28, faces one felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon, a misdemeanor child endangerment charge, two misdemeanor cannabis possession charges and two misdemeanor charges of possession of ammunition without a FOID card.

Donzell James, 25, faces a felony possession of cannabis charge and a misdemeanor charge of contact with a street gang while on parole.

Deshawn Boswell, 25, faces a misdemeanor charge of contact with a street gang while on parole and Charlene Woodard, 50, faces a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.