A Zion man, who is on parole, is facing numerous felony charges after police found him with a loaded ghost gun during a traffic stop in Waukegan.
Curtis J. Jackson, 37, of Zion, was charged with armed habitual criminal, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of cannabis.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Brooke Wanzenberg said officers with the Waukegan Police Department were on routine patrol on July 16.
They noticed a vehicle with “overly tinted windows” and conducted a traffic stop.
Officers noticed a bag of fresh cannabis in plain sight on the center console, Wanzenberg said.
Jackson was the driver of the vehicle. Officers asked Jackson and his passenger to exit the vehicle.
They found a second bag of cannabis in the vehicle and a 9mm handgun, which was described as a ghost gun, in the glove compartment, Wanzenberg said.
The gun was loaded with a bullet in the chamber.
Wanzenberg said that Jackson later admitted that the gun was his and confirmed it was a no-brand gun.
Jackson, who is a convicted felon, has two prior convictions for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and a conviction for possession of a controlled substance.
State records show he is on parole for a weapons offense after being released from the Illinois Department of Corrections in March.
Lake County Judge Veronica O’Malley ordered the man held on a $500,000 bond.
Jackson remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $50,000 cash in order to be released.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 10.