An Oak Lawn resident, Ceiarra Herring, found herself under arrest after a traffic stop by Oak Lawn police that resulted in nine charges including the possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, and possession of an unlicensed firearm.
Herring was allegedly driving east on 103rd Street and according to the police made a hasty left turn to head north bound on Cicero Avenue, while allegedly driving about 46 miles per hour. The officer pulled the vehicle over and discovered that a white female connected to the auto had a suspended license.
The driver provided an insurance card but said she didn’t have her license. She allegedly told the officer that her name was Cecilie Pacheco, which is actually Herring’s cousin’s name. The officer ran the name through the system and Herring admitted later that she was not Pacheco and that was her cousin’s name.
Herring gave the officer permission to search the vehicle. The officer found a letter addressed to Herring and she allegedly continued to mislead the officer telling him that “Herring” is the owner of the car and is her “baby daddy’s ex-girlfriend”.
She was placed under arrest after admitting that her license is suspended and her real name is Ceiarra Herring. A further search of the vehicle revealed a purse inside a gym bag. The bag allegedly contained two digital scales which allegedly included a white powdery residue and a bag of syringes.
The police officer claims that Herring, upon noticing that the police found the syringes, allegedly said, “Oh Shit”. The officer also inventoried a plastic bag containing a large amount of a white substance that was sent for testing with the belief that it is cocaine. It tested positively in the field and weighed 26.2 grams. A white rock like substance allegedly also tested positively as cocaine and weighed 1.2 grams.
The officer also reported finding a knit weather hat tied around a heavy object, which turned out to be a loaded blue steel handgun, that was reportedly stolen out of St. Louis. An envelope containing $2450 in US currency was also recovered according to the police.
In addition to finding all of the items in the car, officers found a live cat in the trunk of the 2012 Camaro. The cat was turned over to Animal Welfare. Herring allegedly made a statement, implicating herself in dealing cocaine at a certain price. The car will not be subject to forfeiture.
The Cook County State’s Attorney approved one count of Felony Armed Violence, possession of a controlled substance, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, obstructing identification, possession of a firearm without a FOID card, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also given citations for speeding and driving with a suspended license.
Herring is being held on $50,000 bond at the Cook County Jail. We could not locate the cousin, whose identity Herring attempted to use. The information available at press time is that the cat was not injured.