DeAndre Collins, an Oak Lawn resident allegedly on parole for robbery, was taken into custody on a warrant while sitting in a car in Oak Lawn with two other men.
An Oak Lawn police officer was on patrol near 104th near Mansfield when he noticed three men parked in the car. As the officer drove by the car, he said he smelled a strong odor of cannabis in the air and returned to the scene.
Collins was in the passenger seat and Jahid McCoy was seated in the back seat, where the officer noticed a bottle of Hennessey Irish Whiskey on the back seat.
Despite the alleged smell of cannabis in the air, the three men denied having any cannabis in the car but they allegedly admitted that they smoked pot earlier. The three men were searched and the officers reported finding an electronic vape pen in McCoy’s jacket. The officer also stated that he saw a green or brown substance on McCoy’s tongue. McCoy didn’t answer when asked if he had just ingested cannabis.
McCoy and the driver’s identities were run through the system and neither was wanted for any outstanding warrants. McCoy was issued an ordinance violation for possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis. He was also given a verbal warning for transporting alcohol. Both McCoy and the other man were released.
A check of Collins identity indicated that he had an outstanding warrant for traffic violations in Bridgeview. The bond amount was $5,000 plus $75. Collins, a 21 year old black male, with an Oak Lawn address, is a parolee having been previously convicted for robbery. He was transported to Oak Lawn’s police station and picked up by Bridgeview on the warrant.
While the Oak Lawn police reported that Collins was on parole, the Illinois Department of Corrections did not have a record of him currently being on parole.