Teens Charged With Marijuana Felonies
Two 19-year-olds and a minor were taken into custody on charges involving cannabis and fake ID. An arrest is merely an accusation and not evidence of a conviction.
Justin Czerwionka, 19, of Park Ridge was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, a Class 4 felony, and unlawful delivery of cannabis, a Class 3 felony.
Joseph Nelson, 19, of Park Ridge was charged with possessing a fraudulent driver's license, a Class 4 felony,
A 17-year-old juvenile male was charged with possession of cannabis and obstructing a peace officer.
All the charges were brought after a Friday incident, just after 7:30 p.m., after police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 7300 block of Dempster. The 17-year-old ran from the vehicle after police stopped it, according to the report,but police followed him to a business in the 7200 block of Dempster, where he sat down on a chair. An off-duty Chicago police officer who was getting his hair cut at the business observed five small plastic bags where the juvenile had been sitting, containing suspect cannabis, according to the report. Niles police took the juvenile into custody and took the suspect cannabis as evidence.
Police took Czerwionka and Nelson into custody and, when searching Nelson's property, found two fraudulent driver's licenses in his wallet, they said.
Czerwionka and Nelson have a court date Jan. 24; the juvenile's court date is pending.
Information is taken from Niles Police Department reports.