When Evanston officers on patrol in the area of Howard Street and Asbury Avenue heard two loud noises early yesterday, their curiosity led them not only to two exploded plastic bottles, but also to a pair of suspects they ultimately arrested on drug charges.

The explosions occurred at 1:36 a.m. yesterday, coming from the west alley in the 100 block of Asbury Avenue.

Parked nearby was a silver Infiniti bearing Indiana plates with a hypodermic needle in plain view on the driver’s seat, police said.

Pedro D. Jimenez (EPD Photo)

Thomas James Dalton (EPD Photo)

The driver, they said, emerged from the nearby IHOP Restaurant and he and a companion were questioned by the officers.

In addition to the hypodermic needle, which contained suspect heroine, the officers also located 44.8 grams of crystal methamphetamine and two baggies of rock heroine, police reported.

Both suspects were transported to the police station and each was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

The suspects were identified as Thomas James Dalton, 33, of 14124 Doffin St., Cedar Lake, and Pedro D. Jimenez, 26, of 7528 Grand Ave., Hammond, Ind.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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