An Oak Lawn man came close to getting home but a decision to nap less than a block from his home resulted in a felony.
An Oak Lawn police officer noticed Jorge Hernandez Castro allegedly sleeping in his car parked just east of Cicero Avenue on 91st Street. The officer checked on Castro to make sure he was not suffering from a medical condition.
When the officer approached the car, he allegedly saw “multiple glass pipes” which he recognized as similar to those used to ingest cannabis. He also claimed that he smelled a “strong odor” of burn cannabis coming from the car.
Castro allegedly told the officer that he lives in the Airway Trailer Park nearby and due to the large amount of snow last Tuesday, he parked his car on 91st Street. He suspected that he may have accidentally fallen asleep according to the police.
Castro allegedly agreed to allow the officer to search the vehicle, which in retrospect may have been a bad idea. The officer reported that he found burnt cannabis inside the three glass pipes. the officer also claimed that he found three white pills inside a clear plastic bag which were allegedly “Xanax 2” pills, which are a controlled substance.
Castro was allegedly unable to produce a prescription for the Xanax pills. He allegedly told the police the pills belonged to a friend, who he reportedly couldn’t name. Castro told the police officer that a friend left the pills in the car several days ago, according to the police. Castro, a 20 year old Hispanic male, provided an Oak Lawn address. He was charged on February 6th with felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.