While under surveillance from Oak Lawn Police detectives, Szymon Ceremon allegedly parked his car in a parking lot of a closed business on 87th Street. He then turned off his headlights. Soon thereafter, the police noticed a car flash its lights at Ceremon’s car before entering the same parking lot.
The driver of the other car, Yaseen Ghouleh, waited as Ceremon allegedly exited his car and Ghouleh’s car according to the police. The detectives believed that a drug transaction was taking place and activated their emergency lights and approached the car.
The police claim that as they approached the car, Ceremon reached toward the floor causing one detective to reach for his weapon and demand that the two men show their hands.
Ceremon allegedly showed his hands, which the police claim contained small plastic bags with white powder. He allegedly put the bags in his mouth in an alleged attempt to destroy the evidence. The police claim that several years earlier, Ceremon had done the same thing during a traffic stop.
This time, the detectives demanded that Ceremon spit the bags out of his mouth but he was not complying with the commands according to the police. A struggled ensued with the police trying to retrieve the bags and Ceremon allegedly trying to swallow the bags. Ceremon allegedly bit a detective during the struggle.
According to the police Ceremon began screaming he had done nothing wrong and allegedly said that he “wasn’t a drug dealer anymore”. Ceremon was handcuffed and taken into custody.
The police also found a plastic bag containing cannabis on the driver’s seat next to the center console. The police also allege that they recovered a glass pipe, two plastic bags and a plastic vial with cannabis residue under the passenger seat. Ghouleh was issued a village ordinance citation for possession of cannabis.
In the struggle with Ceremon, one of the detectives who was bitten, also endured cuts and scratches.
The police also alleged that they found a hydrocodone pill in Ceremon’s vehicle. Ceremon was charged on April 6th with possession of a controlled substance, aggravated assault, and obstructing a police officer.