Oak Lawn detectives saw a car traveling southbound on Cicero Avenue at 91st street at what they reported was a high rate of speed. They noticed the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
The officers claim the car turned right on Southwest Highway and then left on 52nd Avenue allegedly in violation of traffic restrictions at that location. The detectives pulled the car over.
The driver, Jeremy Hernandez, couldn’t provide identification but he told the officer his name and date of birth. The two passengers also provided identification.
The officers claimed that they asked Hernandez if there were any illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the car. Hernandez allegedly admitted he had “straw” in the car and handed the detective a black rubber pipe containing copper mesh and burnt residue. The officers noted that the pipe is commonly used to smoke crack cocaine.
After Hernandez exited the car, the detective patted him down and felt an unknown object in the groin area. Hernandez allegedly told the detective that the object in the groin area was a pipe and a “tiny crack rock”. Hernandez retrieved the items for the detectives and handed each over. The items were a glass pipe and a cellophane wrapper containing white rock that the detectives believed to be crack cocaine.
Hernandez was arrested and taken into custody. The passengers did not have any drugs in their possession and denied knowing anything about the drugs found on Hernandez. After a search of each of the passengers, no drugs were located.
At the lockup, Hernandez allegedly told the officers that he had heroin and crack in his buttocks. Again, officers allowed Hernandez to retrieve the times and hand them over. The items hidden in the buttocks were six clear plastic baggies containing a white powdery substance, weighing 2.2 grams and believed to be heroin and a clear plastic bag containing a white rock substance, weighing .6 grams, that the officer believed was crack cocaine.
Hernandez, a 24 year old Hispanic man, with an Oak Lawn address was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, disobeying a traffic control device and failure to wear a seat belt.