The 20-year-old daughter of a Cook County judge who presides over a drug court was among those arrested in a police raid in Wilmette stemming from a marijuana and ecstasy investigation, authorities said.
Wilmette police and officers from the Cook County Sheriff’s North Gang Team executed a search warrant at the home of Oskar Vahtra, 18, in the 1500 block of Forest Avenue in the north suburb around 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Vahtra and four others were arrested at the home, police said. Later that night, between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. at the Edens Plaza on Lake Avenue, five more people were arrested on charges related to the selling and purchasing of marijuana.
The five arrested at the home included a 17-year-old boy, two 17-year-old girls and a 16-year-old girl, according to a police press release. All of them live in the New Trier Township area.
Vahtra was charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor charge of firearm possession without valid identification. Police confiscated marijuana, ecstasy and Vicodin at Vahtra’s home, police said. There was also paraphernalia including grinders, baggies, empty capsules and a portable scale.
At the Edens Plaza, police arrested Robert Kyle, 19, of Winnetka; Claire Axelrood, 20, of Wilmette; Andrew Cahill, 20, of Winnetka; Dylan Brennan, 19, of Chicago; and one 17-year-old boy.
Axelrood was charged with felony possession of marijuana. Sources said she is the daughter of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Larry Axelrood, who helped bring a drug specialty court program to the Skokie courthouse. Larry Axelrood declined comment when reached by phone. His daughter could not be reached.
Larry Axelrood has been involved with the specialty drug court in Skokie for about three years. In a recent Tribune story, he explained that it lasts between 18 months and two-and-a-half years, during which enrollees are treated for drug and alcohol abuse where needed, get therapy, receive vocational training, adhere to curfews, and comply with a slew of other court ordered mandates.
Among the others arrested, Kyle was charged with a felony count of marijuana possession with intent to deliver. Cahill and Brennan were charged with the local ordinance citation of less than 10 grams of marijuana.
Freelance writer Brian L. Cox contributed.