A car that was allegedly traveling 38 miles per hour on Southwest Highway in the construction zone caught the attention of an Oak Lawn police officer traveling in the opposite direction but after a U-turn by the police the driver was stopped near Cicero and Southwest Highway.
The officer claimed that he could detect a strong odor of raw cannabis coming from inside the car and he claimed the driver, Matthew Cisneros, appeared to be nervous when the officer asked for a driver’s license and proof of insurance.
After Cisneros stepped out of the car, at the request of the officer, he denied that their was any cannabis in the car, according to the police. The police claim that Cisneros also denied that anyone had been smoking pot in the car.
The officer told Cisneros that he could smell the pot emanating from the car and if he had pot in the car it would only result in a village ordinance citation. Cisneros allegedly admitted that he had a joint in the car and reportedly yelled to the passenger to give it to the officer.
Both the passenger and Cisneros were searched and the police didn’t find any additional cannabis. Nonetheless, the officer claimed that he could still smell cannabis. A search of the vehicle located an additional bag that allegedly tested positive as cannabis.
In addition, the officer searched the glove box and found a Glock 9mm handgun that allegedly contained one round in the chamber and 11 additional rounds in the magazine. Cisneros allegedly admitted he didn’t have a concealed carry license but he did tell the officer he had a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card. A search of the records confirmed that Cisneros was telling the truth on both counts.
Cisneros was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannabis. The Cook County State’s Attorney refused to approve felony charges for the unlawful use of a weapon.
Cisneros is a 25 year old Hispanic male and provided a Chicago address to the police.