DePaul-Area Traffic Stop Leads Cops To Gun, Drugs

Police recovered a loaded gun and drugs from a documented gangbanger’s car during a routine traffic stop near DePaul University last Thursday, police said.

Moore | Chicago Police Dept

Just three weeks ago, police recovered three guns and ammunition from the man’s home during a domestic altercation, court records show.

Police noticed expired plates on 27-year-old Johnathon Moore’s car near Halsted and Fullerton just after 11 p.m. They pulled him over. Two minors were in the car with him, police said.

One of the minors reached over the car’s seats as officers approached and one cop saw the handle of a handgun on the back passenger-side floorboard, prosecutors said.

Police stated that they ordered everyone out of the car and then recovered a loaded 9-millimeter handgun along with suspected Ecstasy.

Moore—a Familia Stone gang member according to police—told cops that he was “just hanging out with friends” and that one of the minors was living with him at the time. “I been showing him the ways of doing things,” Moore reportedly explained.

Prosecutors charged Moore with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possessing ammunition without a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, traffic citations, and related charges.

He was also wanted on a warrant for a domestic battery case that police handled on May 24.

In that incident, a family member told police that Moore pushed her to the ground and a neighbor reported that Moore fired a shot at her before cops arrived, police said.

The family member who lives with Moore gave police authorization to search their residence, and police recovered a loaded 9-millimeter handgun; a second 9-millimeter handgun that was reported stolen in Indiana; a loaded 22-caliber rifle; and a box of ammunition, according to prosecutors.

But the neighbor had a change of heart and decided that she did not want to pursue charges related to being shot at because she did not want Moore’s children to see their father go to jail for a long time.

In the end, Moore was charged only with domestic battery, according to records.

His bail is now set at $125,000.

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