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Blotter: Justice Man Pays Price for Driving Around With Free Bag of Crack

Tinley Park Police reports, Nov. 9-10 • Cops find drug pipe after stopping Chicago woman for driving at night without headlights • Man caught with pot while trying to find a place to smoke.

FRIDAY, NOV. 9

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Paraphernalia Charge

Anastasia Gabrielle Owens, 24, of the 3600 block of West Fifth Avenue in Chicago, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and driving at night without headlights after a traffic stop, according to a police report.

Owens was pulled over by police around 12:45 a.m. in the 17600 block of Oak Park Avenue because her headlights were off, the report stated. The officer placed Owens under arrest after a database check discovered that her license was suspended, the report continued.

While handcuffing Owens, the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car, and a search of the vehicle turned up a metal pipe commonly associated with smoking pot, the report stated.

Justice Man Nabbed With Free Bag of Crack

Kenneth M. Bolek, 55, of the 8000 block of South 84th Avenue in Justice, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license after police found a bag of crack with him during a traffic stop, according to a report.

At around 7:28 p.m., a police officer did a random license plate check that indicated the plates on Bolek's black, 2001 Chevrolet Blazer, which was parked at the Speedway gas station in the 7200 block of Harlem Avenue, belonged to a 1991 Honda coupe, the report stated. About five minutes later, Bolek drove off, and the officer pulled him over in the parking lot of Burger King in the 18300 block of Harlem Avenue, the report continued.

During the stop, the officer said Bolek's hands were shaking, and his pupils were extremely large, the report stated. After a check of Bolek's license revealed it was suspended, the officer asked Bolek if there was anything illegal in the SUV, the report continued.

Bolek told police there was a small bag of crack cocaine in a black leather folder in the vehicle, the report stated. Officers found a bag filled with .2 grams of a white, rock-like substance that field tested as positive for the presence of cocaine in a side pocket of the folder, the report stated. They also found a glass pipe with a scouring pad in one end inside a Maverick cigarette box sitting on the front passenger seat, the report continued.

Bolek was taken in to custody and brought to the station, where he told police that a man named Pee-Wee had given him a free bag of crack that morning in Summit, the report stated. Bolek then admitted he had smoked the crack about three hours before being pulled over and that he hadn't smoked the drug for more than year until that day, the report continued.

SATURDAY, NOV. 10

Cops Catch Man With Pot as He Tries to Find Place to Smoke

Vincent J. Lorusso, 23, of the 6600 block of Pin Oak Drive, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a rear registration light after a traffic stop in the 18400 block of North Creek Drive, according to a police report.

Police noticed Lorusso acting suspicious, pacing and constantly looking around while he was pumping gas a the Speedway gas station in the 7200 block of 183rd Street, the report stated. An officer followed Lorusso as he drove in and out of the hotel parking lots in the area, finally pulling him over near North Creek and Spring Creek drives because his rear license plate light was out, the report continued.

The officer said Lorusso's explanation for why he was driving around changed several times until he finally admitted that there was a "bowl" for smoking marijuana in the car's center console, the report stated. A plastic bag filled with 8 grams of a leafy, green substance that field tested as marijuana was found in Lorusso's pocket during a pat-down search, the report continued. A search of Lorusso's car also uncovered a glass pipe commonly associated with smoking pot and other drug paraphernalia, the report added.

In a written statement, Lorusso said he was driving around the hotel parking lots, trying to find a place to smoke a cigarette and the pot, the report stated.

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