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Police surround Arbors building, arrest man
Bloomington Police special tactics officers took one suspect into custody at The Arbors apartments Tuesday evening (June 5, 2007). (Pantagraph/David Proeber)

BLOOMINGTON - A Bloomington man is in custody on drug charges following attempts Tuesday to prevent police from searching his apartment in an east-side housing complex, police said. | Photo gallery

Tommie Lee Slayton, 22, of the 2400 block of East Washington Street, was in jail Wednesday in lieu of $20,000 on charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver the drug. Court documents filed by prosecutors say Slayton sold cocaine to a police source five times from May 17 to June 5.

Police officers from the Bloomington emergency response unit and Normal Police Department vice squad surrounded a building at Arbors at Eastland on Prospect Road about 5:30 p.m. Officers walked Slayton to a squad car in handcuffs about 6:20 p.m.

Slayton may have learned that police were on their way to search his home and fled, said police spokesman Duane Moss. Police had a search warrant for his apartment.

Officers later found Slayton in another apartment in the complex, Moss said.

"He surrendered without much trouble," said Moss.

Police found drugs and several handguns in Slayton's apartment, said Moss.

Additional charges are expected against Slayton, according to police.

Slayton was charged in 2001 and acquitted in 2002 of attempted-murder charges in which the then-16-year-old was accused of trying to run down a police officer in a stolen car. He was convicted in that same case of aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and possession of a stolen vehicle.

He also was acquitted in 2006 of drug sales charges.

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