Even if the Illinois General Assembly legalizes recreational marijuana, it is unlikely that people like Antwan Zapata, Camyrn Smith, and Cleveland Davis will be able to carry pot in their vehicles or smoke it in a parking lot.
It was a parking lot, near 93rd and Neva,where the three men were on January 28th at about 5:30 p.m. when an officer on patrol noticed the car occupied and running. When the officer entered the parking lot he alleged that he smelled a strong odor of cannabis in the air.
One of the men allegedly volunteered that they were sitting in the parking lot waiting to pick someone up before heading off to XSport, which is a fitness club. Despite their claim of peak physical fitness, the officer asked if there was any cannabis in the car because he could smell it.
The officer reported that he explained to the men that they were in a known narcotics selling area and he smelled cannabis. Eventually, Zapata allegedly blurted out “Fword it. It’s mine” before pulling out a glass jar with a green leafy substance inside it.
After Zapata was searched, Smith was asked to step out of the car and as he stepped out he allegedly told the officer “there’s a blunt in the center console”. The officer found the marijuana in the center console. Davis was also searched and the officer alleged that Davis had a grinder in his pocket and a small amount of cannabis.
Smith, a 19 year old black man from Oak Lawn, was issued an Oak Lawn ordinance violation ticket for possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis.
Davis, a 19 year old white man from Oak Lawn, was issued a Village of Oak Lawn ordinance violation ticket for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Zapata, a 19 year old black man from Burbank, was issued an Oak Lawn Ordinance Violation ticket for possessing less than 30 grams of cannabis. As the officer handed Zapata the ticket, he reported that Zapata told him, “I’m not paying this”.
All three will appear before the Village of Oak Lawn’s adjudicator where if found guilty they will be forced to pay the fine.