2 men arrested in Joliet after officers find firearm, drugs, cash: cops

Joliet police officers executed search warrant on Richard Streets residence

Two men were arrested in Joliet after police officers executed a search warrant at their home and found a loaded firearm, Xanax, cocaine, marijuana and over $5,000 in cash, police said.

About 4 p.m. Wednesday, officers executed the search warrant in the 800 block of Richards Street after an investigation, according to Joliet police.

Damon Mills, 21, and Ryan Juskie, 18, were arrested after officers searched their residence and found a loaded firearm, a large amount of Xanax, cocaine, marijuana and over $5,000 in cash, police said.

Both men were taken to the Will County jail following their arrest.

Mills was arrested on probable cause of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful use of a weapon by felon, armed violence, armed habitual criminal and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Juskie was arrested on probable cause of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver.

Mills, who has the word “Respect” tattooed across his neck, pleaded guilty on Sept. 14, 2018, to aggravated domestic battery, court records show. The charge said Mills strangled a female minor.

Charges of unlawful restraint, domestic battery and interfering with the report of a domestic battery were dropped in the case.

Mills was sentenced to 278 days in jail, credited with 139 days served, and given 24 months of conditional discharge.

Mills has two other felony cases that remain pending in court.

He was charged in one case with possessing a Glock handgun on Feb. 14, 2020, after he was convicted of burglary in a 2017 case, and running away from a Joliet police officer.

In the second case, Mills was charged with entering another man’s Chevrolet Tahoe on Sept. 29, 2019, with the intent to commit theft.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News