Evanston police confiscated two handguns and several grams of cannabis as they arrested two suspects in the 2100 block of Dewey Avenue yesterday afternoon.

Officers were dispatched at about 4:22 p.m. to check on a report that two persons were in a vehicle smoking cannabis, according to Cmdr. Joseph Dugan.

As they approached the vehicle, Dugan said, the two subjects tried to walk away, but were detained by the officers.

Officers said they saw a rolled cannabis cigar in the center console ashtray and the handle and hammer of a handgun stuffed between the center console and the passenger seat.

Both men, identified as Edward D. Carter, 25, of 8541 Trumbull  Ave., Skokie, and James Wesley Johnson, Jr., 27, of 2046 Darrow Ave., were taken into custody, Dugan said.

In addition to the handgun, a loaded H&R .22 caliber revolver, the officers also found a loaded Taurus .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, along with two extra magazines, under the driver’s seat, and a clear plastic baggie that contained 3.3 grams of cannabis, Dugan said.

Both men were taken to police headquarters and charged with unlawful use of a weapon and other offenses.

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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