Migrants had pot, $5,114 cash in car during Loop traffic stop, Chicago police say

Gleiver Camejo Perez | Chicago Police Department; John Guccione

Chicago police say two migrants had more than three ounces of pot and $5,114 cash when officers pulled them over for a traffic stop in the Loop on Thursday afternoon. And, now, the migrant who was driving did not have a license or insurance, officials say. But he was wanted for failing to appear in court for another pending case.

The arrest report said officers saw Gleiver Camejo Perez, 23, driving through an alley in the 600 block of South State in a 1991 Dodge Dynasty that, according to CPD’s information, had stolen license plates.

They pulled Perez over and took him into custody for driving without a license and without insurance, the report said.

He allegedly told them a black bag in the glove compartment containing about two ounces of hand-rolled cigarettes, suspected to be marijuana, was his.

While searching the vehicle before impounding it, cops found another bag in the back seat where 28-year-old Yosmaira Pedrozo Romero was seated.

The report said that bag contained more “handrolled cigarettes,” $5,114.17 in cash, and an Illinois LINK card.

Romero, who lives at the High Ridge YMCA migrant shelter, is charged with possessing more than 30 grams of cannabis. She was released from the station.

Perez, who lives at the Standard Club migrant shelter in the Loop, is charged with possessing more than 30 grams of cannabis, the driving violations, and two ordinance infractions.

In July, Perez was arrested after allegedly hitting a 31-year-old server in the face with a bottle at Whispers, a lakeside cafe at Oak Street Beach. Cops said he was carrying two opioid pills when they took him into custody that time.

Court records show he failed to appear in court for that case on September 28.

Judge Ankur Srivastava ordered him to be released on the new charges Friday. But the judge also remanded Perez to sheriff’s custody until he can be brought before the judge overseeing his previous case on Tuesday, according to court records.

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