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Guns, Drugs Found On Party Bus In South Loop, Police Say

By  Kelly Bauer and Heather Cherone | April 18, 2017 8:24am | Updated on April 18, 2017 8:29am

CHICAGO — Officers found three semi-automatic guns on an "overcrowded" party bus in the South Loop on Friday night, police said.

Officers learned there would be guns on the bus and at 9:45 p.m., they saw the bus — which had too many people on board — in the 1200 block of South Lake Shore Drive and stopped it, police said.

Officers found three semi-automatic handguns with two extended magazines and drugs, including marijuana, police said.

RELATED: Rahm Wants To Ban Guns On Party Buses

A 22-year-old man and 24-year-old man were placed into custody for parole violations, police said. The men had documented affiliations with gangs, a police source said.

Citations were issued for the bus for not having a vehicle license and having too many passengers.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday he had ordered city staff to find a way to ban guns from party buses as part of a crackdown on the rowdy parties on wheels set to be considered by the City Council.

Emanuel, speaking to reporters at an unrelated event in Calumet Heights, said he wants to explore every possible way of keeping guns off the buses — even if officials have to "push the envelope" of their strategy.

The measure that had been expected to be considered by the full City Council would require bus operators to install security cameras, hire more security personnel and eject rowdy passengers.

The City Council's Committee on License and Consumer Protection will meet before the full City Council meeting Wednesday morning to consider the new proposals from the mayor's office, which Emanuel declined to detail on Monday.

The buses feature a "bad combination of substance abuse and guns," Emanuel said.

"We are going to close every one of the loopholes," Emanuel said.