Evanston police say officers spotted four people sitting in a parked car in the 600 block of Case Place about 3 a.m. Saturday and then noticed an odor of burnt cannabis coming from the vehicle.
When officers searched the car, Cmdr. Ryan Glew says, they discovered a loaded High Point .45 caliber handgun, as well as a small quanity of cannabis and a pipe used to smoke it.
Glew says the handgun was inside a backback belonging to Jean D. Munezero, 18, of 4848 West Lawrence Ave. in Chicago.
The gun had been reported stolen in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Munezero now has been charged with felony unlawful use of a stolen handgun and cited for possession of 1.8 grams of cannabis.
Another occupant of the car, Sherissa S. Lamb, 24, of 615 Case Place, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. The other two occupants of the car were released without charges.
Munezero is scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. on May 3.