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Police say a 27-year-old Evanston woman has been charged with possession of cannabis and a juvenile riding in her car faces weapons charges after a traffic stop that began when an officer noticed they weren’t  wearing seatbelts.

Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says detectives from the Tactical Unit saw a gray Jeep with the unbelted occupants driving in the 2100 block of Wesley Avenue about 5 p.m. Saturday and stopped it there.

Glew says that as the detective made contact with the driver, Tondelaya Pinnock, they observed the juvenile passenger making suspicious movements. They also detected an odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle.

Detectives investigated and had the driver and passenger exit the vehicle, Glew says, and when the vehicle was searched, he says police found several clear plastic bags containing 161 grams of cannabis and a loaded Taurus 45 caliber handgun. 

The juvenile was charged with possession of the handgun and unlawful possession of cannabis. Pinnock, of the 700 block of Mulford St. was charged with possessing 57 grams of the recovered cannabis and failing to wear a seat belt.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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