Oak Lawn’s detectives have cracked the case charging a man on a bike with felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and a traffic citation.
The traffic citation was the reason officers stopped James Castiglione, a Bridgeview resident, as he was riding on the sidewalk on 95th Street. Castiglione was told that he was stopped by the detectives because he didn’t have the required illuminated light on the front of his bicycle.
Castiglione allegedly kept putting his hands near his waistband raising suspicions of the detectives. So, the detectives searched Castiglione for weapons but said that they only found a cylinder shaped object in his right front pocket. The object was a clear glass stem containing copper mesh and burnt residue on one end and broken on the other end. According to the police, the object is commonly used to smoke crack cocaine.
Castiglione was placed under arrest for possession of drug equipment. According to the police, Castiglione then asked for leniency, allegedly stating, “oh come on guys give me a break, it’s just a pipe”.
Castiglione was not given a break and instead was transported to Oak Lawn’s police station. During a subsequent search of Castiglione, the police stated that they found “a small rock like substance” that they suspected was crack cocaine.
The police claim that Castiglione told them that he rode his bike to 26th and Harding to visit his mother. He said that on the return home, he purchased $10 worth of crack cocaine.
Castiglione reportedly told the officers that he is not a bad person and has a drug problem. He asked for help for his drug problem. Castiglione is a 39 year old white male with a Bridgeview address.