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Kwame Raoul

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February 09, 2024

Chicago – Attorney General Kwame Raoul charged a Cook County man with allegedly using and selling firearms illegally in Kane and DuPage counties. 

Raoul’s office charged Ravon K. Cherry, 29, of Lansing, with one count of gunrunning, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison; one count of unlawful use of weapon, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years in prison; and five counts of unlawful sale or delivery of firearms, Class 4 felonies each punishable by up to six years in prison. Cherry is currently detained in the Kane County Jail and his next court date is Feb. 21. 

“I will not tolerate illegal gun sales that fuel violence and often deadly criminal activities in communities throughout Illinois,” Raoul said. “These charges are the result of a collaborative effort between my office, federal entities and local law enforcement agencies to address gun trafficking and violence in our communities.” 

Raoul’s office alleges that from November 2023 to February 2024, Cherry illegally sold five firearms and three machinegun conversion devices in Kane and DuPage counties. Cherry was arrested Feb. 7 in Aurora by the Aurora Police Department. 

This case was referred to Raoul’s office by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) following the ATF’S investigation.

“Investigating and prosecuting firearms trafficking to the fullest extent of the law is what it takes to deter those from bringing illegal firearms into our community,” commented ATF Special Agent in Charge Christopher Amon of the Chicago Field Division. “I commend the Illinois Attorney General’s office and the Aurora Police Department for their continued partnership.” 

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Raoul’s Statewide Grand Jury Bureau is authorized by Illinois statute to prosecute multi-county cases involving drugs, money laundering, guns or electronics. Working regularly with state and federal counterparts, the bureau focuses on complex, often large-scale, organized criminal activity. 

Deputy Bureau Chief Andrew Whitfield is prosecuting the cases for Raoul’s Statewide Grand Jury Bureau.