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It’s a familiar pattern: a minor traffic stop, an odor of cannabis, and the discovery of a loaded firearm. That’s what Evanston police said were the factors that lead to an arrest of a Chicago man in Evanston over the weekend.

The traffic stop, they said, in the 300 block of Howard Street at about 2:30 p.m. Friday, was triggered by failure of a black Dodge SUV to signal when required. It was observed by detectives of the department’s tactical unit, who happened to be in the area.

A loaded Sig Sauer .40 caliber handgun was found under the driver’s seat and  23 green pills that field tested positive for MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy (E), a psychoactive drug primarily used as a recreational drug,  that were found on the driver’s person, they added, plus less than one gram of cannabis.


Kwame Skillom (EPD photo)

Cmdr. Ryan Glew said that the driver, Kwame Skillom, 28, of the 7700 block of North Paulina in Chicago, was charged with narcotics and weapons offenses, although his female companion was not charged.

The officers said that Skillom admitted to possessing the handgun, the MDMA, and the cannabis, according to Glew. He is currently being held in Cook County jail on a $100,000 bond with a court date of Sept. 9 at Skokie courthouse at 9 a.m., Glew added.

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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