(PEORIA, IL) Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at approximately 6:00 a.m. members of the Peoria Police Department’s Special Investigations Division (SID) and SWAT executed a search warrant on a residence in the 400 block of E. Thrush.
Once inside officers detained an adult male identified as 41-year-old Darnell D. Payton.
During a search of the residence officers located and seized illegal drugs, drug packaging, drug equipment, two handguns, extended Glock magazines, and ammunition.
“Although this morning’s bust may not seem like much to some people, our officers removed two more illegal guns off the streets of Peoria. As I stated last week, the Peoria Police Department will continue to use every available tool and resource at our disposal to reduce violence in this great city. Whether it’s one gun or 50 guns every illegal gun off the streets is a win for our community,” said Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria.
Payton was subsequently arrested for Possession of a Weapon by a Felon and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis.
Payton was transported to the Peoria County Jail.
If you have any information regarding any violent crimes, please contact the Peoria Police Department at (309) 673-4521, tip411 (anonymously), or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at (309) 673-9000.
**All suspects and arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. **