A 17-year-old from Aurora faces several felony charges after authorities say he was caught with a loaded 9 mm handgun and Xanax pills during a traffic stop last week, police said.
The Kane County state's attorney's office approved charges of armed violence, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance against the 17-year-old, who was charged as a juvenile, police said.
Aurora police said an officer saw the driver of the car in which the juvenile was riding run through a stop sign at Fifth Avenue and Jackson Street about 3:10 a.m. July 6. The officer made a traffic stop at Union and Jackson streets.
The officer recognized the 17-year-old passenger and planned to cite him for a curfew violation. The officer found the loaded handgun and pills during a search of the 17-year-old, who was later taken to the Kane County Youth Home.
The 19-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was arrested and charged with driving without a license, no insurance and for running the stop sign, police said.
Two other passengers also were charged: an 18-year-old man with contributing to a juvenile who is violating curfew and a 17-year-old female with violating curfew, police said.