On Valentine’s Day Oak Lawn police stopped a car traveling near 93rd and Ridgeland Avenue that changed lanes without signaling. When the officer started walking toward the passenger side of the vehicle, the car moved about ten feet forward according to the police.
The police officer noticed that the passenger was holding something in his hand. The police allege that the passenger, Patrick Sullivan, was holding a crack pipe. Sullivan, a resident of Worth, was searched and police claim that during that search they found small plastic bags containing a substance that they suspect was heroin. The police allege that Sullivan admitted to purchasing the narcotics in Chicago at a motel. At the police station, while being booked, a subsequent search of Sullivan allegedly found crack cocaine in a plastic bag.
The driver of the vehicle, Edwin Santiago, of Woodridge, was also asked to exit the vehicle. During a search of Santiago, he allegedly told the officer that he had a crack pipe in the front of his underwear. The officer retrieved the crack pipe and he was placed in custody. Santiago allegedly told the officer that he had more crack pipes hidden in his trunk.
Sullivan, 30, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Santiago, 37, who said he was on parole, was issued a village ordinance citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Santiago was sentenced to 2 years in prison as of May 20, 2015 for “Escape/Violating Electronic Monitoring” and was on parole. His criminal record also includes an armed robbery conviction in 2005, in which he was sentenced to 17 years in prison. He has a 2004 conviction for possessing a stolen motor vehicle and another armed robbery conviction in 1998, which he was sentenced to six years in prison.