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Crime & Courts

Man faces gun charges after vehicle searched

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man was held on $15,000 bond Tuesday after police said he was found with a loaded handgun and about 100 grams of marijuana oil in his car.

Eduardo Y. Ortega-Rios, 20, of the 700 block of S. Fourth St., DeKalb, was charged with armed violence with a loaded firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of ammunition without a Firearm Owner’s Identification card after a traffic stop at 1:04 a.m. Monday at Roosevelt Court and Seventh Street.

The charge of armed violence with a loaded firearm applies because police said Ortega-Rios had a gun while committing another felony, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. If convicted of armed violence with a loaded firearm, Ortega-Rios could face 15 to 60 years in prison.

Police said in court records that an officer who stopped Ortega-Rios’ vehicle smelled marijuana in the car when he reached in to get a passenger’s identification. Ortega-Rios said he had smoked marijuana about two hours earlier, which led to a police search of the vehicle.

During the search, police found a Taurus model 709 9mm handgun with two bullets in the magazine in the center console. In the back seat, they found a gray backpack containing 100 vials of marijuana oil, according to court documents.

Assistant State’s Attorney Alesandra Friend asked Judge Marcy Buick on Tuesday to set bond at $100,000 for Ortega-Rios. Public Defender Tom McCulloch said that request was “unreasonable” and said that Ortega-Rios was an area resident and had no history of failing to appear for court dates.

Ortega-Rios will need $1,500 to get out of jail. He said he should be able to get that amount. He said he planned to hire a private attorney.

His is next due in court July 26.

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