Bad Idea File: False stolen car claim turns into big trouble for suburban man carrying “medicine” in River North

Garret Curry | CPD

It’s never a good idea to tell the police that your car has been stolen when it really hasn’t been. But it was an especially bad idea for Garret Curry.

The 26-year-old Woodridge man was the back seat passenger in a car that police pulled over for a traffic violation on the 600 block of North Wells just before midnight last Wednesday.

The traffic stop just happened to take place next to where Curry’s vehicle was parked, according to a police report. And, for some reason, Curry decided to tell the cops that his car — the one parked behind their squad car — had been reported stolen, police said.

So, police ran Curry’s license plate number. It did not come back stolen. However, it did come back with an alert notifying officers that the owner of the vehicle is wanted by DuPage County authorities.

Curry was arrested on the warrant.

As officers took him into custody, they took possession of a small locked zip-up case that he had. Curry, police said, told them that the case contained his “medicine.”

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A search of the case allegedly revealed a collection of prescription bottles containing drugs. Many of the bottles had no labels on them, police said. And some of the bottles contained more than one kind of pill, which, of course, is not standard practice in the pharmaceutical industry.

When it was all said and done, prosecutors charged Curry with six felony counts of possessing a controlled substance, felony possession of more than 15 grams of cocaine, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said he was carrying 22 grams of coke worth $4,400; 111 Xanax pills worth $555; 21 Adderalls worth $210; 1 Oxycodone worth $80; 62 Suboxone worth $775; 11 Vyvanse worth $117; and 25 Viagra worth $1,625.

Judge Mary Marubio set his bail at $5,000. He’s due back in court later today.

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