An Oak Lawn police officer was patrolling Southwest Highway in the 4400 block on August 30th when he claimed that a car accelerated from the far right lane to the left lane at a high rate of speed. According to the officer, the driver of the car was going 40 miles per hour although the speed limit is 30 miles per hour.
The officer stopped the car and began talking to the driver of the car, Gewone Ross, when he alleged that he was overwhelmed with the smell of burnt cannabis coming from the car.
Ross allegedly told the officer that he had been smoking earlier in the day in the car and the stench was from earlier and perhaps the day before.
The officer conducted a pat down of Ross and claims that he discovered a wad of currency in the driver’s pocket. The officer reported that he felt near Ross’ waistband and groin area and discovered a “large bulge”.
Ross was not happy to see the officer since the officer claimed that the bulge was a large plastic baggie containing a large amount of a green leafy substance that the officer suspected was cannabis. According to the officer, the cannabis weighed 23 grams, which generally is beyond the amount considered for personal consumption. Ross apparently told the officer that the cannabis only weighed 7 grams.
The continued search of Ross also indicated that he was wearing an electronic monitoring device on his ankle. He allegedly told the officer he had it on from a previous gun case. The officer also claimed that he recovered little baggies in the car that he stated are used in drug sales.
Ross was arrested and driven in the backseat to the Oak Lawn police station. Ross was charged with one felony count of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and was issued a traffic citation for speeding. Ross, a 21 year old black male, provided the police a Chicago address.
The court remanded Ross to the Cook County Jail and he was not given a bond. He has a court date today at the Criminal Courthouse.