BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington man police have identified as a gang member faces weapons and drug charges, following an incident Tuesday on Tracy Drive on the city's south side.
Cameron Collins, 20, of the 200 block of Tanner Street, was approached by Bloomington police as he sat in a car Tuesday night in a parking lot the 1900 block of Tracy Drive. Officers stopped the vehicle after getting a call about several individuals being loud and disruptive in the area.
Collins was asked to step out of the car after police determined he was driving on a revoked license, according to a statement read in court Thursday by Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Horve. Officers also reported an odor of marijuana inside the car.
During his arrest, the suspect told police he was carrying a weapon; officers located a loaded handgun in his pocket, said Horve.
In an interview with police, Collins admitted to stealing the gun earlier in the evening, according to the statement.
He also told police "he received threats from rival gang members in Normal" and carried the gun for protection, said Horve.
Collins "is clearly a gang member and has admitted he's a gang member," said the prosecutor, noting Collins' tattoos and his shirt with Gangster Disciples logos.
Collins is charged with armed violence, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and multiple drug delivery counts. In his interview, Collins also admitted he planned to sell the cocaine found by police during the traffic stop.
He was jailed lieu of posting $25,035.