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Chicago man facing drugs and weapons charges

Just outside of Chicago’s northwest city limits sits the village of Rosemont. Known mainly for its convention center and venues for sports and concerts, it doesn’t typically generate a lot of headlines. A recent arrest there garnered some media attention, however.

The 21-year-old Chicago resident now faces eight charges, including possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing or delivering cannabis. He also faces two weapons-related charges, law enforcement officials said.

The arrest had its genesis in a car accident on River Road. The 21-year-old allegedly sideswiped another vehicle and he and the other driver were in a heated exchange about the incident when police arrived.

A responding police officer said he noticed the odor of cannabis from the 21-year-old’s vehicle. The man told the officer that there was no marijuana in the vehicle, but that he did have “Whip Its” – small cans containing nitrous oxide.

He was asked to get out of his car and he was patted down. The officer observed that the man was in possession of a silver handgun; the man said the firearm’s magazine was in his sock. He was then arrested by the officer.

A search of the vehicle turned up a bag containing a white powder, which was later tested positive for cocaine.

The suspect apparently told police that he bought the weapon outside of a Chicago convenience store and purchased the cocaine at an open-air drug market.

In addition to the drug charges, he is also accused of unlawful use of a weapon and defacing the identification mark of firearm.

If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of years of incarceration.

Those in similar situations should speak with a criminal defense attorney before discuss evidence or charges with prosecutors.

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