Evanston police say they recovered two handguns and arrested two men for possessing them in separate incidents Tuesday.
Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says that at about 4:52 p.m. an officer on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 400 block of Dewey Avenue because the driver was not wearing a safety belt and failed to use a turn signal.
Dugan says when the officer approached the vehicle he noticed an odor of cannabis coming from inside, and in searching the car police found a loaded 9mm Tanfoglio handgun underneath the front seat.
The 9mm Tanfoglio handgun.
After the driver, Marquise C. Duerr-Starling, 25, of 832 Florence Ave., was taken into custody, Dugan says, officers also found he was carrying a clear plastic baggie containing about 3.1 grams of suspected cannabis.
He’s been charged with being an armed habitual criminal, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm and ammunition with no valid firearm owners identification card, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of cannabis and was issued two traffic citations.
Duerr-Starling was also on parole at the time of the arrest and his parole status was violated by the Illinois Department of Corrections. .
Then, just before midnight, Dugan says, detectives from the tactical unit, who were working as part of the department’s violence reduction initiative, were checking on an occupied vehicle parked in the 1900 block of Brummel Street.
Dugan says the officers noticed an odor of burnt cannabis coming from inside the car. The driver, Branden L. Johnson, 24, of 830 Judson Ave., told the detectives, Dugan says, that the vehicle’s occupants had just finished smoking cannabis and that he had a handgun in the glove compartment.
Dugan says the detectives recovered a 9mm Beretta handgun from the glove compartment and a loaded 9mm magazine in a compartment near the steering wheel.
The 9mm Beretta handgun.
Johnson was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition without a valid firearm owner’s identification card.