Driver claimed 5 pounds of pot in his car was for ‘personal use,’ prosecutors say

CHICAGO — A man who’s accused of having five pounds of pot in his car during a traffic stop told Chicago police that he had all of the weed for his personal use, according to prosecutors.

Chicago cops pulled Taurean Wilson over for a traffic matter in the 800 block of North State on Monday evening. But the officers said they smelled the odor of cannabis coming from Wilson’s car, so they asked him to step out so they could search the vehicle for narcotics, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Dale-Schmidt.

She said Wilson, 33, freely admitted that he had pot in the car and pointed out that he had a medical marijuana card.


Inside Wilson’s car, officers found six vacuum-sealed bags of suspected cannabis weighing about five pounds, Dale-Schmidt said.

He allegedly told them it was all for his personal use.

Regardless, prosecutors charged him with felony possession of 2,000 to 5,000 grams of cannabis. Judge Kelly McCarthy released him on his own recognizance.

Dale-Schmidt said Wilson received a seven-year sentence for possessing up to 5,000 grams of cannabis in DuPage County. He was discharged from parole in 2020. He has an earlier conviction for manufacture-delivery of cannabis in DuPage County. That case resulted in probation, according to Dale-Schmidt.

His defense attorney told the judge that Wilson manages a clothing store full-time.

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