Nine guns were recovered and numerous arrests were made after police responded to a citizen complaint to the 11th District Commander about persons operating an illegal social club in a warehouse in the 4400 block of Fifth Avenue.
On December 27, 2009, at approximately 12:15 AM, officers from the Mobile Strike Force, along with assisting units from the Harrison District (11), responded. When the officers arrived on the scene, loud music was heard coming from inside the location. Police also observed an elaborate club-style entry to the building, with stanchions, velvet ropes, rugs, and four industrial spotlights illuminating a party advertisement. As the officers entered the building, packed with upwards of 300 people, they observed Dwayne Troupe and Ambrosio Silva , both armed with handguns and wearing soft body armor, searching patrons who were waiting in line to enter the party. Further investigation revealed Zenobia Mills and another subject to be in possession of firearms. They were all immediately placed into custody. During the course of the investigation, five additional firearms were found in the building.
Dwayne Troupe, 22, of the 8500 block of South Bennett, was charged with one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon-Concealed. Ambrosio Silva, 28, of the 5300 block of West Henderson, was charged with one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon-Concealed. Zenobia Mills, 28, of the 700 block of South Kostner, was charged with one count each of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon-Loaded Gun, Possession Firearm-Expired FOID, Possession of Ammunition without Valid FOID, No Registration of Firearms. The organizer of the party was cited for several city ordinance violations, including License Required-Public Place of Amusement.
As a result of this action, nine guns were removed from the city streets and a potentially combustible incident was averted.