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Will County prosecutors ask for forfeiture of man's car, cash, iPhone

John J. Mundell, 25, Calumet Park
John J. Mundell, 25, Calumet Park

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office is trying to seize a Pontiac, an iPhone X and more than $1,800 in cash from a man who was arrested on a marijuana charge.

Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Dant Foulk argued in court filings Tuesday that the 2009 Pontiac G6, the cash and the iPhone were “used or intended to be used” to facilitate violations of the Cannabis Control Act.

All of those items belong to John J. Mundell, 25, of Calumet Park, who was arrested Nov. 2 on charges of operating an uninsured motor vehicle, possession of between 30 to 100 grams of marijuana and manufacture and delivery of marijuana.

Mundell later only was charged with operating an uninsured motor vehicle and marijuana possession.

On Dec. 17, Mundell signed a form requesting the return of his car, cash and phone. He said he needed the phone for his job and to communicate with friends and family. He said he needed his car for work and to drive his kids to doctor appointments and day care. He has three children and works at Cooper’s Hawk restaurant, according to an affidavit.

He said the money that was seized “came from my job paychecks, to pay my bills which I am past due.”

On Nov. 2, a Frankfort police officer saw Mundell driving with one headlight out, police said. The officer initiated a traffic stop and “detected a strong and distinct odor of raw cannabis” coming from the car.

Mundell said he did not have marijuana but when the car was searched, the officer found marijuana inside of a jacket lying in the car, along with cash, police said. The amount of marijuana seized was 48 grams.

A forfeiture hearing on Mundell’s belongings will be held on March 13.

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