A Chicago Ridge woman’s troubles popped open from a minor traffic charge to a felony drug possession charge after Oak Lawn police stopped her vehicle three weeks ago at about 12:40 a.m.
Kortnie Antioho allegedly came to a stop at 95th and Tulley but according to a police officer she then made a right hand turn on a red light. Unfortunately for Antioho allegedly ignored a “no turn on red” sign posted at that corner. The police officer, on patrol, turned after Antioho and stopped the vehicle.
The officer stated that he smelled a strong odor of cannabis coming from the car when he approached the open window. When asked if there was anything illegal in the car, Antioho allegedly answered “no” before handing an Illinois State ID and her insurance card to the officer. Illinois State ID cards do not allow individuals to drive a car. The officer checked Antioho’s record and found that her license had been expired since August of 2017.
Anitoho was taken into custody for driving without a valid license and handcuffed. The officer then searched the vehicle and said he found a purse in the back seat of the vehicle behind the driver’s seat. Inside the purse, the officer reported finding 15 pills of Alprazolam mixed with Ibrofen inside an Iprofen bottle.
Xanax is a brand name for the drug alprazolam, which belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders and is the single most prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States.
Another effect, which can attract people to abusing Xanax, is a pleasurable feeling called euphoria. This is often referred to as a drug high and is one of the major reasons for people to abuse drugs, whether they are prescription drugs like Xanax or illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and meth.
Antioho, a 32 year old black female, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and no valid driver’s license. She was also issued a citation for an improper turn. According to police, Antioho claimed the pills were her daughter’s medication and not her own.