3 Kentucky men face gun charges after going to Chicago to buy weed
CHICAGO - Three Kentucky men who traveled to Chicago to visit a marijuana dispensary were arrested on gun charges after a traffic stop Wednesday in River North.
Cook County Sheriff officers spotted a Chevrolet Impala with expired license plates commit a traffic violation around 3:45 p.m. in the 600 block of North La Salle Drive, officials said.
After pulling over the car, officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Jamon Smith, who was driving, told officers he had a handgun in the vehicle's center console, officials said. The other two passengers, Javonta Russell and Devin Hooper, also told police they were carrying a handgun.
Smith told the officers they traveled to Chicago to buy marijuana from a dispensary and planned to return to Kentucky the same day, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
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Officers took the trio into custody and charged them each with one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Officers recovered three loaded 9mm handguns and 38.5 grams of weed from the vehicle.
The men appeared in bond court Thursday and were each issued at $10,000 I-bond.