A man on parole is charged with possession of a controlled substance but at the time of his arrest the Illinois Department of Corrections was not pursuing a violation of parole violation that would send him back to prison.
The Oak Lawn police stopped a vehicle driven by Bryant Smith after the car turned right onto Southwest Highway from Cicero Avenue without signaling. The police also alleged that neither Smith nor his passenger, Thomas Foster, were wearing seat belts.
The detective that stopped the car alleged that Foster threw a plastic bottle out the passenger side window. Upon approaching the car, the detective alleged that there was a smell of cannabis from the car. The detective noted that Foster had a piece of brown cigar paper and a bag with a substance he suspected was cannabis.
The police charged Foster after finding a plastic bag in his pocket that they said was Xanax. Foster allegedly told the police detective that he was on parole for robbery and didn’t want to go back to prison. Whether he goes back to prison will probably be determined by the outcome of his case because the Illinois Department of Corrections chose not to file a parole violation warrant of ,which would have most likely sent him back to prison to finish the remainder of his term and held him in custody until his trial.
Smith allowed the police to search him and his car. The police detectives claimed that Smith had cannabis in his right front pants pocket. He was cited for failing to signal as required, failing to wear a seat belt, and not having proof of insurance. He was also given a village ordinance violation for possessing cannabis.
Foster is a 22 year old black male with a Chicago address. Smith is a 22 year old black male with a Joliet address.