A Chicago man is facing charges of unlawful use of a weapon by an armed habitual criminal after Evanston police detected the odor of marijuana coming from his car.

Cmdr. Ryan Glew says police were in the 800 block of Hinman Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Monday looking for a car that had fled from a traffic stop a few minutes earlier.

Glew says the officers detected an odor of cannabis, discovered it was coming from a parked White Hyundai, and made contact with Elijah Murphy as he exited and walked away from the vehicle.

When officers went to the vehicle to investigate the odor, one noticed the magazine to a handgun inside the car. Officers then retrieved the magazine and located a loaded Smith and Wesson 40 caliber handgun in the vehicle, along with three grams of suspect cannabis.

Murphy, 22, of the 5600 block of South Indiana in Chicago, who did not admit to possession of the gun, was arrested and transported to the station. where was charged with two felonies for the handgun and was cited for the cannabis.

He’s now in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections due to a parole violation. He’s scheduled to appear in Skokie district court on June 18.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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