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High-Ranking Cop's Condo Busted

Condominium owned by Deputy Superintendent Cuello



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    Beatrice Cuello is the First Deputy Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

    Neighbors on Friday described a dramatic scene after police executed a search warrant at 4553 W. 56th St., a condo owned by newly-appointed Deputy Superintendent Beatrice Cuello.

    "We were scared to come out because maybe the person they were looking for was dangerous," neighbor Alejandro Delamora said of the raid. "All of a sudden it was like someone shot a weapon."

    Police spokeswoman Monique Bond confirmed that Cuello owns the condominium, where guns and narcotics were found, but said that the officer does not live there, her daughter does.

    Police said they're focused on the man with whom her daughter lives, 28-year-old Casey Crawford.

    Crawford was arrested after police found 175 grams of cocaine and four guns in the home. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will trace the guns that were found.

    "Those firearms would be traced through the ATF's tracing center to determine their origin, the history of those guns, and how they came to be in the possession of the arrestee," police spokeswoman Monique Bond said.

    Police say Crawford has admitted to "criminal involvement," but police don't suspect Supt. Cuello's daughter, or Cuello herself.

    Supt. Jody Weis said that he learned of the search of Cuello's home after it took place Thursday night, which follows protocol and means officers who targeted the home were being "impartial" in executing the warrant, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    "I've learned about it in the proper amount of time," he said. "I'm very sad. I know the Asst. Supt. Is very upset about this. It's a mom trying to take care of her children and it's a very sad day."

    Cuello is an assistant to Police Superintendent Jody Weis and heads the Bureau of Patrol.