Car’s flat tire leads to guns, pot arrest of Gurnee man

December 4, 2018

BOURBONNAIS — Dylan A Penarrieta, of Gurnee, was arrested by Bourbonnais police after a traffic stop about a flat tire led to the discovery of 211 grams of cannabis, three handguns and more than $4,500 in cash in the vehicle’s trunk on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Penarrieta was charged with possession of cannabis between 30 and 500 grams with intent to deliver. A judge released Penarrieta on a $15,000 recognizance bond.

Under state guidelines that went into effect at the beginning of 2018, judges are to release defendants on recognizance bonds for nonviolent low-level felonies, unless there are extenuating circumstances that allow for a cash bond to be set.

Penarrieta’s next court date is Dec. 17.

According to a report, Penarrieta was a backseat passenger in a 2004 Mercedes that had a flat rear tire in the 1000 block of North Convent Street.

At 9:18 a.m., the officer saw the car with its flashers on following a Lexus.

He stopped the Mercedes.

When the driver, Edgar Gomez-Cordoba rolled his window down, the officer smelled the odor of raw cannabis coming from the car.

The officer checked on the driving status of the three occupants. Gomez-Cordoba’s driving status came back with his license suspended. He was issued a ticket.

During a search of Cordoba, a small baggie of cannabis was found on him. His address was listed as Waukegan on the incident report.

Officers searched the car. A black box with cannabis was found in the center console.

In the trunk was found 211 grams of cannabis, and 71 1-gram vapes containing 90-94 percent THC according to the box label and $4,682 in cash.

The report said that Penarrieta at first admitted to owning the guns and cannabis. He later told investigators the cannabis was not his.

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