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At about 4:23 p.m. on March 8, officers stopped a black Nissan Altima driven by Lauren L. McKee, 22, of Burbank, for following too closely and almost causing an accident, according to police documents.
The arresting officer said that during the course of the traffic stop, he observed McKee and her passenger, Bryan E. Matula, 26, of Oak Lawn, moving items and trying to hide something between the seats.
The officer said that while speaking with the pair, both occupants appeared very nervous and McKee was visibly shaking.
The officer said McKee gave him permission to search the car. When the officer asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Matula allegedly said ”I have some heroin that I stuffed down by her seat,” according to police documents.
While searching the Altima, police found a purse tucked between the seat and the center console with six plastic bags containing a white powder substance suspected to be heroin.
Police also found a bag on the floor belonging to McKee that “contained a spoon with burn marks and residue on it, and several clear plastic bags, which contained white powder residue,” according to the report.
McKee was released at the scene after being cited for following too closely and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Matula allegedly told police that he was addicted to heroin and the drugs in the car were his, according to police documents. Matula was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance.
Matula is being held at Cook County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. His next scheduled court date is April 11.