Police officers dispatched to a three car accident at 103rd and Central on September 8th found more than a few fenders bent.
The officers reported that two individuals standing outside a vehicle smelled heavily of Cannabis. The windows on the car were down and the same smell allegedly emanated from the vehicle.
The accident was around 6:15 p.m. and Jovante Keller allegedly admitted that he had smoked cannabis in the vehicle about three hours earlier. He also reportedly told the officers that there wasn’t any cannabis in the car.
The police officer, not surprisingly, did not take Keller’s word as the Gospel and instead notified the K9 officer who responded to the scene with the drug sniffing dog. A red satchel back pack, containing 54 grams of a green leafy substance, was allegedly located in the car.
The green leafy substance was allegedly separated into 23 separate bags. The police stated that they also found $188 in cash on Keller, and two more empty plastic bags containing smaller bags. Keller was taken into custody and at the police station claimed the red bag belonged to Francis Sawyer, who was in the car also.
The police were not done, however, and continued a search of the vehicle, allegedly finding a woman’s purse in the glove box of the car. Inside the purse, the police allege that they found 2 bank cards and a social security card belonging to a woman who was not at the scene.
The police asked Francis Sawyer, who was a passenger in the car, if the purse was her purse. She allegedly said it was her purse but it previously belonged to someone else that she named. Sawyer was taken into custody for investigatory purposes.
When interviewed at the station, Sawyer was unable to correctly recount how the marijuana bags were packaged although she allegedly told police that the cannabis was hers and not Keller’s. she also said the bags sell for $30 each.
Sawyer allegedly also told police that the purse belonged to a friend but admitted it hadn’t been out of her possession for months. When told that the bank cards and social security card had been stolen recently in Chicago, she allegedly told police she had been in Vegas and Keller had access to the vehicle.
When asked again about who put the cannabis in the backpack, Sawyer allegedly said, “It’s not mine”. She allegedly couldn’t explain how the stolen bank cards were in the purse and admitted to lying about the pot earlier because Keller is on parole.
Keller, a 19 year old black male, with a Chicago address, was charged with one count of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver between 30 and 500 grams. He was also charged with a parole violation warrant. Sawyer, a 21 year old black woman, with a Chicago address, was charged with Theft (possession of stolen property).