A Cook County judge ordered a military deserter held on $100,000 bond after authorities allegedly found an unauthorized gun and $60 worth of marijuana in car he was riding in.
Authorities charged Joseph Kelly, 35, with two felony counts of an unlawful use of a weapon and a firearm without a valid FOID card. He was also charged with three marijuana-related misdemeanors and being a fugitive from justice.
About 8:50 p.m. Saturday, police pulled over a silver Ford Focus with no rear registration light on Interstate 94 just South of Touhy Avenue, according to police records. When police asked the driver to show her license and insurance card, the officer could smell cannabis in the vehicle, police records allege.
After the officer told the driver that the car was going to be searched based on probable cause, she admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle, police records said.
But when police approached Kelly, of the 3200 block of West Waveland in Chicago, he denied there was marijuana in the car and said he would not allow himself or the vehicle to be searched, police records alleged.
After being told that the search was not a request, Kelly admitted there was marijuana in the car and that he was AWOL from the U.S. Army, prosecutors said. He also said there was a loaded gun underneath the drivers seat, according to police.
Police records show that investigators recovered about three grams of marijuana, a small black pipe and a revolver from the vehicle.