A Gurnee man will serve prison time after pleading guilty to having a loaded handgun in a van police suspected he was using to deal drugs.
Christopher Czajkowski, 24, of Gurnee, entered a plea deal Tuesday and pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon by a felon. He was sentenced to six years in prison.
The incident began Aug. 20, 2017, when Czajkowski pulled his gold Honda van into a Marathon gas station in Spring Grove, according to a news release Wednesday from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Police suspected Czajkowski, a convicted felon, was selling narcotics out of the van, according to the release. When Spring Grove officers approached the vehicle, they spotted a “green leafy substance” on the center console. Suspecting it was marijuana, officers arrested Czajkowski and searched his vehicle.
Inside the compartment of the driver’s side door the police found a fully loaded
9 mm handgun, which Czajkowski was barred from having based on a previous conviction for aggravated robbery Aug. 23, 2012, out of Lake County, according to the release.
The case was investigated by the Spring Grove Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Michael Combs and Rita Gara.