A 21-year-old Chicago man was arrested Saturday by Evanston police on drug charges after he tried to run from a vehicle after it had been stopped for a minor traffic violation.
Elemo Mohamed, of 2219 W. Highland Ave., Chicago, was a passenger in the vehicle that was stopped at about 4:50 p.m. in the 1100 block of Howard Street.
Police said Mohamed discarded a bag containing about six grams of suspected cocaine and then attempted to flee on foot. Cops nabbed him a short distance away.
In the car was a safe that police suspected held more drugs. They called in the canine corps for assistance.
The dogs indicated a presence of narcotics in the safe.
Police obtained a search warrant and found 70 bullets along with about $8,700 they believed to be from illegal narcotics transactions.
In addition, police learned that Mohamed was a convicted felon.
They arrested him on charges of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of cannabis, and unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon.
A court appearance is scheduled in Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie on April 30 at 9 a.m.