Lakeview Uber Driver Busted With Guns, Ammo, And Pot, Cops Say

An Uber driver who strayed across a center line in Lakeview was found to be carrying two guns, 59 rounds of ammunition—including a fully-loaded 31-round magazine—and pot, police say.


25-year-old South Holland resident Maurice Taylor crossed the center line in the 600 block of West Diversey around 1:45 a.m. last Thursday, police said.

Officers who curbed Taylor detected the smell of marijuana coming from his car and saw a “green leafy substance” on his clothing, prosecutors said.

Asked if he had any firearms in his car, Taylor answered, “Yes, in my crotch,” police said. “And the other one’s in the center console.” He also told police that he was driving for Uber.

As officers pulled a fully-loaded .357 revolver from Taylor’s waistband, a zip lock bag containing suspect cannabis fell to the ground, police said. Prosecutors said police also recovered a 9-millimeter handgun loaded with 15 live rounds; a digital scale; 200 small clear blue zip lock bags and a loaded 31-round magazine.

Taylor possessed a valid concealed carry licensed but did not have a firearms owner identification card, police said.

He’s charged with felony possession of a weapon in violation of the narcotics act; possessing a firearm without a valid FOID card; violating the concealed carry law; manufacture-delivery of cannabis; possession of drug paraphernalia; possessing a high capacity magazine; and possession of ammunition without a valid FOID card. He is free on $50,000 bond.

An Uber spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

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