BLOOMINGTON — Illinois state police seized about 12 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $500,000, and arrested a Utah man after a traffic stop on Interstate 74 in McLean County.
Carlos A. Borge, 60, of West Valley, is charged with controlled substance trafficking and delivery and possession of a controlled substance.
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According to a probable cause statement read Thursday in court by Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Horve, the driver admitted to having a small amount of marijuana after his car was stopped shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday for a minor traffic violation on I-74 near Carlock.
A subsequent search by police yielded 5.5 kilos of cocaine weighing about 12 pounds, said Horve, adding the drugs have an estimated street value of about $500,000.
Borge told police he was transporting the cocaine to a third party in Ohio, said Horve.
Associate Judge Scott Kording set Borge's bond at $200,000 cash. An April 8 arraignment is scheduled.
A statement from state police noted that the bust was the second seizure of a sizable amount of cocaine in ISP District 6 within a week. Two California men were arrested during a traffic stop last week; the value of that seizure was $5 million, said police.
Also on Wednesday, McLean County Sheriff's police arrested two California women after a traffic stop that resulted in the seizure of 16 one-pound packages of marijuana in the car they were driving on Interstate 55 near Shirley.
The street value of those drugs was estimated at $100,000, said authorities.