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