Two 19 year old Chicago men were arrested recently by Oak Lawn police during a routine patrol stop after a check of the license plate revealed it was expired.
The police stopped the vehicle around 99th and Pulaski and identified the passenger as Steven Scott and the driver as Joseph Ramirez. In “plain view”, the officer saw a green leafy substance on Ramirez’s lap.
The officer asked if Ramirez was trying to “roll a blunt” and Ramirez allegedly said he was not able to roll the blunt while driving. After smelling burnt cannabis in the car, he asked Ramirez if he had any marijuana in the car or in his possession.
Ramirez reportedly allowed the police to search him where they allegedly found cannabis in his jacket. Scott also allegedly told the officer that he too had cannabis and a scale. The police retrieved the scale and the cannabis.
When asked if they had any other drugs in the car, Ramirez called the police officer’s bluff and reportedly allowed him to search the vehicle allegedly stating, “no, you can search everything”.
The police did search everything. In the vehicle, they located a backpack “tucked away” in the trunk. It was Scott’s backpack and he also consented to a search, according to the police. In the backpack, the police recovered, a large plastic bag containing five small clear baggies with what appeared to be marijuana. Also, in the large plastic bag was a large vacuum sealed bag that contained a green leafy substance, according to the police. The police reported also finding two Winchester 12 gauge shotgun rounds and one .380 caliber round. The police also claim that a metal pipe with burnt residue used to smoke cannabis was found.
Not surprisingly, Ramirez and Scott were placed into custody and transported to the police station. Ramirez also had a pet garter snake caged int he backseat and the animal was transported to animal welfare.
According to the police, Scott allegedly admitted to possessing cannabis and to selling it on a monthly basis. Ramirez allegedly admitted the ammunition belonged to him and he had placed it in Scott’s backpack days earlier. Ramirez did not have a valid FOID card.
According to the police, the cannabis recovered from Scott weighed 620 grams while the cannabis recovered from Ramirez weighed 12 grams.
Ramirez was charged with a misdemeanor count of possessing ammunition without a FOID card and a misdemeanor count of possession of cannabis over 10 grams. In addition he was issued citations for not having a valid registration for the vehicle and driving without insurance.
Scott was charged with felonies for possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia. $414.54 in cash was allegedly recovered from Scott and the police will file to seize the funds pursuant to forfeiture laws.