A Mississippi man sought on a federal drug warrant was taken into custody by Evanston police after a traffic stop on Howard Street Tuesday night.

Evanston Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says tactical officers deployment in the area stopped a car in the 1300 block of Howard about 10:30 p.m.  

Dugan says officers learned that the driver, Alexandria Barnett, 32, of 6832 N. Wayne in Chicago, was driving on a suspended drivers license.

But her passenger gave police what turned out to be a ficticious name. Once officers learned that he was actuallly Corey D. Eaton, 34, of 322 Chancellor Road in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, they discovered he was wanted on an active federal narcotics warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Dugan says a police dog also discovered a stuffed animal inside the vehicle which had had its back cut open and sewn back together with fishing line.

Police found two bags inside that contained a white substance that did not field test positive for any type of narcotics, but will be sent to the crime lab for further analysis.

Police also found that Eaton had six cellular telephones and over $7,000 in cash.  

Eaton has now been turned over to the marshals service, and Barnett has been charged with driving on a suspended license and cited for failing to have a light on her car’s rear license plate.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. How many others?
    I certainly don’t wish to defend someone driving on a suspended license, or a suspected drug dealer, but how many and who are the Evanston Police stopping for “failing to have a light on her car’s rear license plate.”

    1. Or turn signals or running stop signs
      I notice many cars not using signals and failing to stop or rolling thorough intersections in the two blocks west of Sheridan from Emerson to Lincoln—mostly from NU I assume given the times. Probably true of many more streets.

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