Feds: Men sold heroin to undercover cop in West Side backyard

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - Two Chicago men are facing federal charges after they allegedly sold heroin to an undercover police officer out of a backyard in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.

Diante Davis, 27; and Markiease Cousins, 19, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and one count of carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Davis and Cousins were arrested Oct. 17 after they sold four zip-lock bags of heroin to an undercover officer in the backyard of a home in the 3400 block of West Lexington, according to a federal criminal complaint. After buying the heroin, the officer turned to leave, but Davis called him back and pointed a handgun in his face.

Davis accused the officer of working for law enforcement, saying “You’re probably recording me right now,” according to the complaint.

As it turned out, the drug deal was being videotaped, according to the complaint. Davis and Cousins were arrested, and the undercover officer was not harmed.

Davis had a second firearm and additional zip-lock bags of drugs on him when he was arrested, according to the complaint. Some of the drugs contained a mix of heroin and fentanyl, and some contained cocaine.

Davis is scheduled for an initial appearance Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cox, and Cousins is scheduled for a detention hearing Nov. 14, also before Judge Cox.

If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison for the drug conspiracy charge, and up to life for the firearm charge.

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