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This photo released Thursday by the Illinois State Police shows packages containing a total of about 12 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $500,000 seized during a traffic stop Wednesday near Carlock on Interstate 74. Carlos A. Borge, 60, of West Valley, Utah, is charged with controlled substance trafficking and delivery and possession of a controlled substance. 

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. 

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.


Photos: 2018-19 McLean County jail mugshots

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny

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McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.

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