SYCAMORE – A Sycamore man was arrested on drug possession and delivery charges after police pulled him over Sunday for driving without a front license plate on his vehicle.
Police said they found magic mushrooms, marijuana and ecstasy in the man’s car.
Joseph M. Sawallisch Jr., 21, of the 1000 block of DeKalb Avenue in Sycamore, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class 3 felony; unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, both Class 4 felonies. If convicted of the more serious intent to deliver charge, Sawwalisch could face up to five years in prison.
According to DeKalb County court documents, DeKalb police were patrolling near the intersection of DeKalb Avenue and Coltonville Road when they pulled over a white Mercedes Benz sedan at about 7:07 p.m. Sunday for driving without a front license plate.
“Upon approaching the vehicle, [police] observed the driver, Joseph M. Sawallisch, attempting to conceal a plastic bag filled with a green leafy substance,” which police believed to be marijuana, court documents state.
Sawallisch allegedly told police he had an ounce of cannabis that he purchased from a friend, which he later handed to police upon their request, according to court documents.
“While searching the rest of Sawallisch’s vehicle, [police] located 29.5 grams of psilocybin mushrooms in the center console, 0.2 grams of ecstasy in the cup holder and two vacuumed sealed bags containing a total of 168.2 grams of cannabis under the front passenger seat,” court documents state.
DeKalb County Judge Marcy Buick set a $10,000 recognizance bond for Sawallisch, meaning he would be released from jail on his signature, in open court Tuesday afternoon. Sawallisch was present in open court via Zoom from the jail on Tuesday.
Sawallisch is due back in court 9 a.m. March 22.