Police seize more than 62 pounds of cocaine at traffic stop

Police seize more than 62 pounds of cocaine at traffic stop

Police seize more than 62 pounds of cocaine at traffic stop

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 5:50 PM

(KMOV) -- Illinois State Police seized more than 62 pounds of cocaine and heroin after pulling over a vehicle for speeding.

Authorites say a burnt cannabis odor from the vehicle prompted police to conduct further investigation, finding two duffle bags containing the illegal substances.

The owner of the vehicle, Patrick S. Romolt, 41, of Arizona, was charged with possession of more than 5 kilos of cocaine with intent to distribute.

“Criminal organizations will go to any extent to transport narcotics across interstate lines and it’s up to law enforcement to try to stay one step ahead of them at all times,” said ISP District 17 Captain Robert Atherton.  “This seizure underscores our unwavering commitment to the dismantling of these illegal criminal enterprises that can lead to violence and fatalities.”

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