Park Ridge man, Niles teen charged with drug possession
Updated: February 19, 2013 11:47AM
NILES — A Park Ridge man and a Niles teenager were arrested on drug charges Jan. 4 after the teen allegedly attempted to dispose of five baggies of suspected marijuana inside a Niles hair salon.
Niles Police said the 17-year-old Niles boy ran into a salon on the 7200 block of Dempster Street after an officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in which he was a passenger.
According to police an off-duty Chicago police officer who was getting his hair cut inside the establishment reported seeing the teen pull several small bags from his pocket and put them on a chair. Police said five bags, containing suspected marijuana, were recovered and the boy was taken into custody. He was charged with possession of marijuana and obstructing a police officer and was awaiting a petition to juvenile court.
Police also charged Justin Czerwionka, 19, of 3096 S. Fairview Ave., Park Ridge, with felony delivery of marijuana and felony possession of marijuana. Niles Police Sgt. Robert Tornabene said Czerwionka, an occupant of the vehicle police had initially stopped, was accused of selling the five bags of suspected marijuana to the 17-year-old.
The vehicle’s other occupant, identified as Joseph Nelson, 19, of 2500 Ashbury, Park Ridge, was charged with a felony count of possessing a fraudulent driver’s license after police reportedly found two fake licenses in Nelson’ property during a search.
Both Czerwionka and Nelson are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 24.