Traffic Stop Yields Pot, Fake IDs, Boozing Minors, Cops Say

Police charge 21-year-old with pot possession and other violations; underage pals charged with alcohol consumption, reports say.

A 21-year-old Highland Park man was charged with pot possession, carrying fraudulent ID and a raft of traffic violations when he was stopped for speeding on Feb. 1, reports said.

Three underage passengers were also cited with consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Highland Park police stopped Rodrigo Sarmiento near the intersection of Onwentsia Avenue and Green Bay Road around 5:14 a.m. Police said he had no valid driver’s license.

In addition to the pot possession charge, Sarmiento was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying fraudulent ID, and speeding.

Sarmiento, of the 500 block of Onwentsia Avenue, was transported to bond court at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan.

His underage pals were cited with city violations for consumption of alcohol, including:

  • Adam Alcardo, 18, of the 500 block of Green Bay Road, Highwood.

  • Daniel Salazar, 18, of the 300 block of North Ashland, Highwood.

  • Heric Capote, 18, of the 500 block of Smith Avenue, Lake Bluff.

The three men are scheduled to appear in administrative court at city hall on Feb. 20.


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