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ATTORNEY ARRESTED BRINGING DRUGS INTO COURTHOUSE

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Thursday, January 15, 2009     A Chicago attorney was arrested Wednesday after being caught passing marijuana to someone he thought was an inmate at the Cook County Criminal Courts building at 26th and California, the Office of Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
            Dave Compton mug shotDave Compton, 61, is charged with two counts of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, two counts of delivery of cannabis and two counts of bringing contraband into a penal institution.

Compton has been used as a conduit to pass drugs to inmates on multiple occasions, investigators said. Compton, of the 9600 block of South Crandon, has been a practicing attorney in Illinois for 18 years.

The investigation began on Jan. 6, when jail detainee Armond Williams, 20, was searched while being held in a courtroom holding cell. A Sheriff’s deputy found two 10 gram packages, covered in plastic wrap, containing a mix of both tobacco and marijuana. A subsequent investigation linked the drugs to Compton. Williams is not a client of Compton’s.
Arrangements were made with Compton to meet Wednesday outside a courtroom to make another drug transaction. In fact, Compton met an undercover Cook County Sheriff’s officer, who handed him $250 in cash – which investigators had earlier learned was Compton’s fee for conducting a drug transaction. The undercover officer also handed Compton two packages weighing 10 grams each. Both contained a mix of marijuana and tobacco.

Compton asked the officer to place the objects into a manila folder. He then carried that folder into a holding cell on the 7th floor of the Criminal Courts building and handed the package to another undercover officer, who was posing as an inmate.
            When Compton returned to the courtroom hallway, he was arrested without incident.
            Investigators said he admitted to smuggling marijuana into the jail five other times. All of the transactions happened inside holding cells at the Criminal Courts building.
Williams and at least two other people involved in prior drug transactions with Compton are expected to be charged for their roles in the scheme.

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