Two Oak Lawn detectives on patrol near Austin and 99th Street claimed a driver of a car ignored various traffic laws and ended up leveling more serious charges after stopping the car.
The detectives reported witnessing the Toyota traveling east bound on 99th Street and fail to signal as it turned left onto Austin. The detectives claimed that the car also failed to signal at Mansfield and 98th when it turned and didn’t stop at a stop sign.
The detectives initiated a traffic stop at about 5600 Edison and had the driver, Salam Daoud provide his license and insurance card. Daoud provided both documents despite the fact he was busy eating Funyuns. He reportedly told the detectives he was headed to a store he operates at 103rd and Halsted Avenue.
During the course of the conversation, the detectives smelled “burnt cannabis” and asked if they could search the car. According to the detectives, Daoud agreed to the search. Two passengers exited the vehicle at the request of the detectives.
The detectives reported finding a prescription bottle with a smoked cannabis joint from the driver’s area. The detectives also claimed that they found rolling papers and a “metal one hitter”. Behind the driver’s seat, the detectives reported finding two large black bags with smaller bags within those two bags. Inside the smaller bags were ten packs of Newport cigarettes in each. The tax stamp on the boxes were from Indiana.
The detectives asked both Daoud and Yusef why the cigarette packs were packaged in that manner. They both allegedly told the detectives that the were going to bring them into their store without people knowing what’s in the bags.
The detectives claimed that Daoud and Yusef admitted to buying the cigarettes in Indiana to avoid the Cook County tax. The detectives claimed that there were between 100 and 250 untaxed packs that the two men planned to sell at their store at 103rd and Halsted. The men admitted that they are the owners of the store.
Yusef denied that the pills found by his seat were his pills. He was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of unstamped cigarettes. Yusef is 47 years old and provided an Oak Lawn address.
Daoud allegedly told the police, “I never should have gave consent to search my car.” He was also arrested. Daoud was issued citations by the Cook County Department of Revenue for tobacco tax violations. Oak Lawn charged him with possession of a controlled substance and possession of unstamped cigarettes and with various traffic offenses. Daoud is 44 years old and provided an Oak Lawn address.