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. 

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Harry Gio January 10, 2013 at 01:33 PM
This is just another reason why Marijuana needs to be made LEGAL... It's way less harmful as cigarettes and alcohol and it also has health benefits for Cancer patients (to induce appetite) and people in chronic pain... This is exactly WHY the prisons are over-crowded, because approximately 30% of the convictions in Illinois are from wrongful Marijuana prosecutions... Marijuana is here to stay, just as alcohol and cigarettes; so the Illinois lawmakers need to follow the other 18 states that have legalized it (on a state level), and eventually the federal government will follow suit (once they figure out a way to tax it).
Mary Jones January 10, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Marijuana should NOT be made legal! Its just as destructive as alcohol, especially to teens. If there was a way to guarantee that a person does not get behind the wheel of a vehicle when on drugs or alcohol, I'd be more willing to re-think that then. But there is enough teens out there already drinking and driving and killing people, including themselves. We dont need to increase it. And lets say it does get legalized, what age would be appropriate in your mind...18, 21? That hasnt stopped the underage drinking. Making pot legal will just increase the amount of underage drug users because it will be more readily available to them, it will be at 7-11's, etc just like cigarrettes and alcohol is. Medical science will come up with something for cancer patients I'm sure that will be just as effective if not better than pot. For right now, I'm willing to listen to legalizing it just for med use only but there has to be a way of regulating it so that it only gets to the med patients and not their teens in their homes or others that should not have it.
CK January 12, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Another totally out of this world comment by Harry. Gee! Just think- if we legalize pot look what will happen....car accidents will go down, medical costs will disappear, students will go to their classes, workers who operate mahcines and vehicles will feel safer, hard drugs will disappear, airline pilots will feel more positive about their jobs, gangbangers will no longer fight over turf, parents can relax after returning from the local jail to bail out their unsupervised progeny, Niles revenues for pot sales will go up even though sales of other items will go down. Sure, let everybody have it at any age. I bet even the drivers of the Free Bus will see tens of thousands of more riders. Yes, Harry sure is a real public planner.


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