On July 13at approximately 8:30 p.m. Evanston Police pulled a vehicle occupied by four subjects over for a minor traffic violation at the intersection of Simpson Street and Crawford Avenue, said Office Perry Polinski of the Evanston Police Department.

Upon making contact with the driver, the officer detected an odor of cannabis emanating from the vehicle as well as observed furtive movements by a back seat passenger. Assisted by additional officers as well as the Skokie Police Department’s Canine Unit, a search of the driver, occupants, and vehicle was conducted which resulted in the recovery of 4 grams of a green leafy substance, suspect marijuana, as well as a loaded .38 caliber handgun, which was found in a backpack located on the floor of the back seat, said Officer Polinski.

Further investigation determined that the suspect marijuana field tested positive, the gun had been reported stolen in the State of Michigan, and the backpack belonged to one of the back seat passengers, who is a suspected gang member, said Officer Polinski. Subsequently, the driver and one of the back seat passengers were taken into custody and transported to the Evanston Police Department for processing. The other two occupants of the vehicle were released without charges.

One of the occupants, a 28 year old male resident of Evanston, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and related charges, said Officer Polinski.The driver, a 25 year old resident of Evanston was charged with possession of cannabis.