Evanston police say they recovered a handgun during a traffic stop on Ridge Avenue late Tuesday afternoon.

Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says a traffic officer stopped a car in the 1800 block of Ridge about 5:15 p.m. after noticing it cross the double yellow line.

Dugan says the officer smelled an odor of burnt cannabis coming from inside the vehicle, asked the driver and passenger to get out, and in patting down the passenger discovered a loaded Kel Tec 9mm handgun in his waistband.

The passenger, Corde D. Triplett, 18, of 8637 Trumbull in Skokie, was transported to the Evanston Police Department where he was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and not having a firearm owner’s identification card.

The driver, an 18 year old Evanston resident, was issued a traffic citation and released.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Changes in Skokie crime ?
    My impression was 20-30 years ago [and even more recent] was that Skokie had avoided many of the [at least] home grown crime Evanston had. And had a better reputation as a nice suburb that was safe for families.
    But in the last few years there seems to have been more arrest of Skokie residents for crimes and violent crimes.
    I asked some friends from Skokie and they have seen the same changes.

    1. Skokie crime increas

      I believe the increase in Skokie crime has a direct correlation to the expansion of Section 8 housing. Thanks 

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