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Chicago men face drug charges after traffic stop in Markham

(from left) Joshua Tolliver and Paris Ambrose | Cook County Sheriff's Office

Two Chicago men face multiple drug charges after officers found three pounds of marijuana in their car in south suburban Markham Wednesday morning.

Joshua Tolliver, 33, and 30-year-old Paris Ambrose were charged with manufacturing, delivering and possessing cannabis between 500 to 2000 grams. Ambrose was also charged with possession of a gun by a felon, according to a statement from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

At 4:05 a.m., sheriff’s police pulled over a brown Cadillac SRX near 159th Street and South Kedzie Avenue in Markham for a traffic violation. There was a strong marijuana smell coming from the vehicle, police said.

Tolliver, the driver, and Ambrose, the passenger, were asked to step out of the vehicle. Tolliver dropped a clear bag of marijuana as he was getting out of the car, police said.

Police searched the car and found a canvas bag containing 68 clear bags of marijuana, which weighed three pounds, and an open container of alcohol. Police also found a semi-automatic gun hidden in Ambrose’s clothing and $1,200 in Tolliver’s possession, police said.

Tolliver, of the 4900 block of West Gladys Avenue, was ordered held on a $200,000 bond, and Ambrose, of the 1600 block of East 74th Place, was ordered held on a $50,000 bond.

Police found a canvas bag containing 68 clear bags of marijuana, which weighed three pounds, in the car Wednesday morning. | Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Police found a canvas bag containing 68 clear bags of marijuana, which weighed three pounds, in the car Wednesday morning. | Cook County Sheriff’s Office