An Oak Lawn man allegedly expressed surprise when the Oak Lawn police notified him that he was being charged with two felonies after allegedly possessing 240 grams of cannabis and $1,356 in cash.
The police stopped the vehicle after receiving a disturbance call and tracing the four door Infiniti from the disturbance call near Cicero Avenue at 109th Street to about 52nd Avenue and 103rd Street.
The driver of the car, Nyreek Bruce, was stopped and frisked at that location. After smelling a strong odor of cannabis, the officer reported that he asked Bruce if he had anything illegal in the car. He allegedly replied ‘no’. He also allegedly allowed the officer to search the car.
The officers charged that they found one black bag under the driver’s seat and that bag contained a clear plastic bag with approximately one gram of cannabis. The officers also alleged that there were multiple small zip lock bags inside a red backpack, which was in the trunk. The clear plastic bags allegedly contained the cannabis.
Bruce was arrested and taken into custody while his car was towed. According to Bruce’s statement, he said that he was at his girlfriend’s house and was headed home to his residence in Oak Lawn on 87th Street.
However, the police allege that when given a chance to call his girlfriend to corroborate his story, he refused to do so saying he had no reason to call. The officer then explained that he was being charged with two felonies and he allegedly expressed surprise. He also ended the interview.
While Illinois has decriminalized marijuana, you can only have less that 10 grams in your possession before you are considered possessing the drug with the intent to distribute. Users with less than ten grams are given village ordinance violations but those with large amounts are often charged with possession with the intent to delivery.
Bruce, an 18 year old black male with an Oak Lawn address, was charged with possession and possession with the intent to deliver cannabis.