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18-year-old man charged with possessing drugs, gun in Zion

Cristofer Alanis-Ortez, 18, of Zion (top) and items seized by police (bottom). | Provided photo.

An 18-year-old Zion man was arrested after officers found him in possession of a gun, drugs and a large amount of cash during a traffic stop on Thursday.

A Zion police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after it failed to stop at a stop sign.

The driver, identified as Cristofer Alanis-Ortez, 18, of Zion, did not have a valid driver’s license.

The Zion Police Department said that the officer observed a loaded high capacity handgun magazine in the vehicle.

Alanis-Ortez admitted that he did not have a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card or a concealed carry license.

Police arrested Alanis-Ortez without incident and he admitted to having a handgun and cannabis in a duffel bag on the front passenger seat.

Officers recovered a 9mm handgun without a serial number, a 9mm high capacity magazine loaded with 25-rounds, several bags of cannabis, over 70 individual doses of suspected LSD, a small digital scale, 28 individually packaged THC infused gummies and a large amount of cash.

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Alanis-Ortez was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm with no FOID card.

He appeared before a judge on Friday for a bond hearing and the judge set the man’s bond at $350,000, meaning he would need to post $35,000 to be released.

Alanis-Ortez remains held in the Lake County jail. He will appear in court again on October 8.


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