Evanston police say a check of 50 local parolees today turned up an M-1 30-caliber assault rifle and $15,000 in cash.
The joint operation by Evanston police with the parole division of the state corrections department also led to three arrests for marijuana possession and the arrest of two people on outstanding warrants.
Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says that starting early this morning officers and detectives from both agencies checked on whether the parolees were complying with restrictions set as a condition of their release from prison.
The operation, Guenther says, also involved debriefing the parolees, gathering intelligence and conducting drug tests.
He says that 27 parolees were taken into custody and taken to the police station for questionning. All but six of them were later released.