Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cops: Pills, Crack, $2,000 Found In Recreation Drive Arrest

Olivarez was arrested here, in the 3700 block of North Recreation Drive, police said. | CPD; Google
Cops say they found an Albany Park man sitting in his car near the lakefront with suspected crack cocaine, pills, and more than $2,000 cash early Friday.

Police approached Juan Olivarez’s car in the 3700 block of Recreation Drive around 2:30 a.m. because the park was closed, authorities said. Officers saw a “green leafy substance” on the car’s center console and asked Olivarez to step out, according to court records.

Prosecutors say a further search turned up suspected crack cocaine inside the center console, seven hydrocodone pills in one of Olivarez’s pockets, and $2,160.

The 21-year-old’s Jeep was impounded, and he is now charged with two felony counts of narcotics possession and with being on park property after hours.

Last year, Olivarez received probation for casual delivery of cannabis in Lincoln Square, court records say.

Olivarez’s arrest stems from a sharp increase in police patrols throughout the 19th District’s park system under Commander Marc Buslik.

Similar patrols in mid-July resulted in the arrest of a 22-year-old Lakeview man for allegedly possessing nearly $6,500 worth of narcotics in the Diversey Harbor parking lot.

22-year-old Israel Araujo was sitting in his car rolling a cigarette and reeking of alcohol when cops stepped up to see what was going on around 9:30 p.m. on July 16, prosecutors said.

Between Araujo’s legs was a backpack containing $1,870 worth of crack cocaine; $930 in heroin; $2,175 in powder cocaine; 37 hits of LSD worth $185; $406 worth of pot; empty gelatin capsules; and “109.5 prescription pills” that were not prescribed to him, according to police.

The prescription drugs included 9.5 Oxycontin; 44 Lexapro; 46 Xanax; and 10 Tramadol, officers said.

Altogether the stash was worth $6,495.60.

He's facing five felony narcotics charges; possession of drug paraphernalia; and—the least of his worries—possession of alcohol on park property. The case continues to work its way through court.
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8 comments:

  1. What exactly is casual delivery of cannibis? Never heard of that. Just wondering what makes it casual as opposed to a normal delivery charge?

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    1. 10 grams or less and no payment.

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  2. Good to hear patrols have been stepped up in the park areas. Recreation Drive has been a hornet's nest of criminal activity for the past few years.

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    1. We lived in a high rise across the street for years and had friends over regularly to watch the muggings and shootings in that parking lot from our balcony after dark. It was cheaper than going to an action movie.

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    2. i've lived above rec drive for almost 20 years. was great at first, got bad about 5 years ago, and while i'm not an optimist about this city anymore, i have to say that this year the cops have done a great job. weekends are pretty quiet. it'll never be what it used to be but they pulled it back after the commander promised to do so. so in a declining city, thanks to the police for this win.

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    3. "We lived in a high rise across the street for years and had friends over regularly to watch the muggings and shootings in that parking lot from our balcony after dark. It was cheaper than going to an action movie." meanwhile our alderman calls for loud music in the harbor.

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  3. Between Araujo’s legs was a backpack containing enough stuff to keep your average Antifa happy for a month.

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  4. Supply and demand....easy to figure out unless you failed Econ101.

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