Police: AK-47 found on scene of drug bust

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Austin Crist, 24 Austin Crist, 24

OAKLEY, Ill. (WAND) – Police say they found a military-grade weapon close to a suspected drug dealer during his arrest.

Police say they arrested Austin Crist, 24, during a “no knock” search warrant served Wednesday at 1010 Illini Road in Oakley. They say Crist had a backpack with a loaded 9 mm pistol in it, along with an AK-47 sitting only feet away from him in the house.

A sworn statement says police seized as much as 17 ounces of cannabis during the search, along with materials that are used to make cannabis wax. Crist has a conviction on his record for unlawful delivery of cannabis.

Crist faces several charges, including armed violence, possession of cannabis and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

His bond is set at $100,000 in Macon County.

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