A 30-year-old Shorewood man was stopped by Shorewood police for two minor traffic violations early Monday morning and subsequently arrested on three counts, including a felony cocaine charge, according to Shorewood Police Commander Eric Allen.
Michael E. Lattanzio, 30, of 907 Nightshade Lane, Shorewood, was found to be is possession of a hypodermic needle, a burned spoon and .5 grams of cocaine after officers pulled him over at 2:19 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, Allen said.
Allen said Lattanzio was stopped because he only had one working headlight and he failed to signal at the intersection of Route 59 and Black Road.
"The burned spoon can be used for free-basing the drug," Allen said. "It changes the way the drug is used—the makeup of the drug."
Lattanzio is facing a felony cocaine charge and two misdemeanor counts—possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was transported to the Will County Adult Detention Facility and was awaiting a bond hearing on Monday.