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2 Skokie men charged with cannabis possession, traffic offense

The Evanston Police Department’s Neighborhood Enforcement team arrested two men Saturday in Skokie.

Officers from the NET team, which specializes in preventing gang and narcotic offenses, saw a vehicle being driven by a 28-year-old man, whom the team recognized as having a revoked license and pulled over his car in the 3300 block of Crain Street in Skokie, EPD spokesman Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The man was charged with driving with a revoked license.

Officers also “smelled the odor of cannabis coming from the passenger side” and recovered about 1 gram from the passenger’s waistband, Parrott said. The 29-year-old passenger was then charged with possession of cannabis.

Both men will appear in court March 14.

Gang-related graffiti found at Evanston park

EPD officers found gang-related graffiti at Smith Park, on the corner of Lyons Street and Ashland Avenue, after responding to a call Saturday afternoon.

They found the graffiti written on a table in the public park, Parrott said.

The graffiti referred to Chicago-based gangs Gangster Disciple Nation and the Almighty Vice Lord Nation, Parrott said.

It included profanity, symbols and letters, including “GDN” and “Vice Lord,” Parrott said.

– Marshall Cohen

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