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On Jan. 11, at approximately 10:15 p.m. an Evanston Police Traffic Officer was in the area of Dodge and Lee when he observed a silver Chrysler van traveling south bound on Dodge. The vehicle was traveling at 40 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h. zone. The officer stopped the vehicle and driver for the speeding violation, said Commander Ryan Glew of the Evanston Police Department.

When the officer approached the car, he detected an odor of cannabis coming from inside the vehicle and requested assistance from a K-9 Unit. Once the K-9 Unit was on scene a search was conducted. The search led to the recovery of a black backpack containing seven grams of a green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis and 127 grams of cannabis oil, said the Commander. A second backpack that was gray in color was located. The gray backpack contained $2500 USC, a trace amount of suspect cannabis, and a loaded Glock 19 9mm handgun, said the Commander.

Both the driver and the passenger were arrested. The driver admitted to possessing the black backpack and the cannabis contained in the backpack, said the Commander. The passenger admitted to possessing the gray backpack and its contents, including the handgun, said the Commander.

The driver, a 36-year old Evanston man, was cited for speeding and charged with possession of cannabis, said the Commander. The passenger, a 36-year old man from Berkley, Illinois, was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, he said