A 23-year-old man carrying a black pouch filled with an array of drugs was arrested behind a Madison Street business after running from officers during a traffic stop, according to police.
The man was a passenger in a car that allegedly ignored a red light at the intersection of Madison Street and Desplaines Avenue around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. The car was pulled over by police and the passenger stepped outside when the traffic stop occurred, then took off running when an officer started talking to the car’s driver.
The suspect, a Forest Park resident, was apprehended after he “slipped numerous times” in the alley behind a business in the 7500 block of Madison and was subdued by an officer. The man told the officer he had Xanax and ecstasy in his possession, and when the man’s pouch was opened at the Forest Park police station, it allegedly contained more than six grams of Xanax, one gram of MDMA (ecstasy) and a small amount of cocaine.
The 23-year-old told police the cocaine and ecstasy were for personal use, and that he sold the Xanax “to a few friends to make money on the side.” The pouch also contained several plastic bags, police said, and a search of his backpack uncovered a locked safe and a notebook with “notes which coincide with the selling of narcotics.” Inside the safe, officers found more than a dozen rounds of firearm ammunition.
The confiscated drugs have been sent to the Illinois State Police crime lab for identification. The driver of the car was cited for disregarding the red light and driving with an open container of alcohol.
This information was obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.