Traffic stop leads to gun, drug charges in Evanston
Evanston police say they found a loaded gun and a small quantity of marijuana in a car after pulling the driver over for a minor traffic violation Friday night.
Police say that when an officer approached the car about 8:30 p.m. after pulling it over at the intersection of Simpson Street and Crawford Avenue, he noticed an odor of marijuana coming from inside as well as furtive movements being made by a back-seat passenger.
With backup from additional officers and the Skokie Police Department Canine Unit, police say they searched car and its four occupants and found four grams of suspected marijuana and a loaded .38 caliber handgun that had been stolen in Michigan.
The gun was found in a backpack on the floor of the back seat.
The driver of the car, Luis D. Gomez, 25, of 2125 Emerson St. was charged with a city ordinance violation for possession of cannabis.
A back-seat passenger, Eduardo A. Cruz, 28, of 2013 Dodge Ave., who police say is a suspected gang member, was charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and three other gun-related charges.
Both men are scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m., July 27.
The other two passengers in the car were released without charges.