Markham Woman Charged with UUW after Parts Used to Convert Handguns to Fully Automatic Weapons Delivered to Residence

Mar 11, 2022Press Release

COOK COUNTY, IL – A 22-year-old Markham woman has been charged after packages with parts that create switches to convert Glock handguns to fully automatic weapons were delivered to her residence, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Sheriff’s Police investigators received information from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that two packages with parts that can create 10 switches had been intercepted at a postal facility. The packages were bound for a residence in the 16400 block of South Homan Street in Markham.

At approximately 2 p.m. on March 9, Sheriff’s Police and HSI executed a search warrant at the residence after the packages were delivered to the address.

During the search warrant’s execution, Leana Viverette was taken into custody after investigators determined she opened the packages. Investigators also recovered from the residence gun parts, including ghost gun parts, a drill press, molds, and other tools used to manufacture firearms.

Viverette was charged on March 9 with unlawful use of weapon – machine gun/automatic weapon. She appeared for a bond hearing on March 10 at the Markham Courthouse, where her bond was set at $100,000-D.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.