A 33-year-old Chicago man on house arrest was arrested on drug possession charges after police found the suspect driving with more than $2,000 in cash and several grams of heroin, according to a department report.

Rodney T. Wilson was pulled over at 1:45 p.m. along the 800 block of Harlem Avenue Feb. 27 for a defective brake light. When officers found he did not have insurance, Wilson was searched and an electronic monitoring device was found around his right ankle. According to police, Wilson said he was on his way to meet his probation officer.

During a search of the car police found 13 bags of heroin hidden in the headliner along the ceiling of the interior, according to the report. The drugs had a combined weight of roughly four grams.

Once at the station, Wilson’s belongings were inventoried and in his right pocket authorities allegedly found $1,357 in cash. Another $989 was found in the left pocket.

Two federal cases are already pending against Wilson, according to the department report, though the nature of those charges was not made clear. A passenger in the car was released without charges.


Deception by ingestion

A suspected drug user was involved in a struggle with police when officers allegedly watched him swallow an unknown quantity of heroin during a traffic stop.

John D. Pociask, 25, was a passenger in the back seat of a 2005 Chevrolet Impala when police stopped the car for a lane change violation at about 2:20 p.m. on Feb. 23. As authorities approached the car, Pociask was allegedly seen trying to conceal a number of clear capsules containing a white powdery substance in the waistband of his pants, according to a police report.

Sgt. Tim Adams ordered the suspect out of the car, at which time Pociask tried to swallow the drugs. After a brief struggle with two officers, Pociask was handcuffed and three capsules were recovered, according to police.

The heroin recovered from Pociask had a combined weight of .8 grams.

Pociask, a Chicago resident was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for a possible drug overdose and a fractured left wrist. According to the department report, the suspect informed police that prior to his arrest he had broken his left wrist and removed the cast.

Pociask is facing drug possession charges and two counts of resisting arrest. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for probation violation.

Both the driver and another passenger in the car were also arrested on outstanding warrants for retail theft and failure to appear in court.


Bar bet ends in mugging

A dispute over a billiards bet ended in criminal charges late last month when the loser of the game allegedly jumped the victor in an effort to recapture the spoils.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on Feb. 28, police witnessed a skirmish outside of 7422 W. Madison St. The alleged victim ran toward the cruiser complaining that he had just been robbed by his assailant. A foot chase with the suspect, 27-year-old Derek Louis Morse, ended in the back yard of 501 Hannah Ave. where officers found Morse hiding in the bushes, according to a department report.

Both parties in the case told police they had been betting on a pool game earlier that night and that Morse lost about $100 to the alleged victim. According to police, Morse, a Brown Avenue resident, acknowledged that he fought with the victim, but denied ever taking money from him. The alleged victim, however, claimed Morse was wearing a mask and stole $116 from him.

“I had a mask and I used it because I didn’t want anybody to see my face as I whooped his (expletive) ass,” Morse allegedly told police.

Police reported that they found a knit mask roughly eight feet from where he was hiding in the bushes.

The suspect was charged with robbery and battery.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Feb. 24, 2007 and March 2, 2007, and represent only a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in this report has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not been adjudicated.

Compiled by Josh Adams