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On July 25, at approximately 7:38 p.m., detectives from the Evanston Police Department tactical unit who were working a violence reduction initiative conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1200 block of Howard Street after observing that the front seat passenger was not wearing a seat belt, said Commander Joe Dugan. Upon approaching the vehicle, the detectives noticed an odor of cannabis emanating from the vehicle, said the Commander.

The four occupants of the vehicle, all adult males from Chicago, were asked to exit the vehicle. When the occupant of the rear passenger side seat left the vehicle, detectives observed a handgun sticking out of the lower door storage pocket, said the Commander. All the occupants were taken into custody. Detectives recovered the handgun, a loaded Sig Sauer .22 caliber handgun with the serial number removed.  A further check of the vehicle revealed 13 grams of cannabis from the storage compartment under the front passenger seat.  A search of the rear driver’s side occupant revealed a prescription pad along with loose prescriptions, some of which were filled out to acquire codeine, said the Commander.  

All the occupants were transported to the Evanston Police Department. The passenger near where the handgun was found was charged with unlawful use of a handgun and related charges. One occupant was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis and was held in custody while an investigation relating to the recovered prescriptions was ongoing, said the Commander.