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Two arrested in Moline on gun and drug charges
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Two arrested in Moline on gun and drug charges

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Two men were arrested Tuesday, accused of illegally having guns and more than two pounds of marijuana when they encountered Moline police officers.

The incident began about 5 p.m. in an alley in the 1200 block of 15th Street, when a Chevrolet Malibu fled from officers of Moline’s Special Investigations Group, according to the Moline Police Department. The occupants allegedly were Alonzo Robert Cole, 22, Rock Island, and Thomas Erving Elijah-Hughes, 20, East Moline.

The department contends Elijah-Hughes was the driver and accused him of striking a police vehicle as he attempted to flee. Detectives disabled the Malibu, and said they found a 9mm Springfield pistol inside.

Cole ran away but was captured after a short chase, the department said. During that chase, he allegedly threw away a 9mm Glock pistol that the department said was stolen from Davenport.

The marijuana and $7,000 was recovered when the Malibu was searched, the department said.

Both men made their first appearances Wednesday, according to Rock Island County court records. They were each charged with a count of armed violence and possession with intent to deliver cannabis over 500 grams.

Elijah-Hughes and Cole were being held on cash-only $100,000 bonds, according to court records. Their next court dates are set for May 26.

Court records also listed Elijah-Hughes as living in Rock Island.

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