Sheriff’s deputies found a man in possession of over a pound of cocaine, nearly six pounds of mushrooms and a large quantity of cannabis during a traffic stop near Gurnee Mills mall.
A Lake County sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in the area of Grand Avenue and Gurnee Mills Circle in Gurnee around 1:45 p.m. on June 6.
The deputy observed the driver of a black Jeep SUV commit a traffic infraction, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
The deputy conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the driver, identified as Zachary L. Patient, 31, of Oak Forest.
Lake County Sheriff’s Canine Zeus was called to the traffic stop and conducted a cursory sniff around Patient’s vehicle.
Covelli said Canine Zeus indicated the presence of drugs inside of Patient’s vehicle.
Sheriff’s deputies searched the vehicle and located over 600 grams of cocaine, over 2,700 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and over 1,600 grams of cannabis.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and approved charges of unlawful possession of psilocybin mushrooms with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of psilocybin mushrooms, unlawful possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of cocaine, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of cannabis.
Patient was ordered held on a $250,000 bond. He was released from custody after posting 10% of his bond.
Prosecutors have since filed a forfeiture of seized property case against Patient for his 2012 Jeep Liberty and $1,289 in cash that was found.
Patient is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.