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

Maverick Magee and Donzell James. (Courtesy Chicago police)

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.

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