A 27-year-old Illinois man was taken into custody on drug possession charges on the afternoon of Nov. 22 after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in a parking lot in Evergreen Park. Police in Cook County say that they apprehended the Hickory Hills resident after discovering a metal container in his vehicle that contained prescription medications. In addition to the drug charges, the man was cited for driving with a suspended driver’s license.
According to an Evergreen Park Police Department report, officers were dispatched to a supermarket on West 95th Street at approximately 5:30 p.m. to investigate a traffic accident. Officers claim that they became suspicious because the driver of one of the vehicles involved was seen switching places with his front-seat passenger. Police believe that the man was trying to conceal the fact that he had been behind the wheel at the time of the crash and was driving on a suspended license.
Officers say that the metal container found in the man’s car contained the sedative alprazolam, which is more commonly known as Xanax, and the stimulant dextroamphetamine. Alprazolam is used to tread panic and anxiety disorders and dextroamphetamine is often prescribed to individuals diagnosed with ADHD. The man denies switching seats with his passenger and claims that what officers identified as alprazolam was actually lorazepam that had been prescribed by his physician to treat his anxiety.
The Fourth Amendment protects individuals against unreasonable search and seizures. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may seek to have drug charges dismissed when narcotics or other evidence are discovered by police officers after a traffic stop that was not made with the requisite reasonable suspicion.