BLOOMINGTON — Two men have been charged in separate cases with bringing illegal drugs into McLean County.

Jose Almanza, 38, who listed an address in the 900 block of Arcadia Drive in Bloomington, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jeff Horve told the court Almanza traveled to Cook County to purchase cocaine and was arrested as part of a drug-trafficking investigation. During a post-arrest interview with police, he allegedly told investigators he “had about 10 customers” in Bloomington-Normal.

Almanza was jailed in lieu of posting $100,035.

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In another case, Justin Parrott, 38, of Blandinsville was charged with two counts of methamphetamine trafficking and two counts of delivery of methamphetamine. Court documents indicate Parrott traveled to Burlington, Iowa, to buy drugs and bring them back to McLean County for sale because they were “cheap in Iowa.”

Parrot must post $10,035 to be released.

To be released, both men would have to show their bond money comes from legal sources.

Each is scheduled for arraignment Aug. 9.

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