62 pounds of cocaine and heroin found in Bureau Co. traffic stop

Patrick Romolt photo from Illinois State Police

Patrick Romolt photo from Illinois State Police

Police say they found more than 62 pounds of cocaine and heroin in an SUV they stopped for allegedly speeding in Bureau County, Illinois.

Police say they found more than 62 pounds of cocaine and heroin in an SUV they stopped for allegedly speeding in Bureau County, Illinois.

Police say what started as a routine stop for speeding ended with 62 pounds of cocaine and heroin found in a vehicle on Interstate 80.

An Illinois State Police trooper pulled over a black 2014 Ford Explorer after the driver was allegedly speeding on eastbound I-80 at milepost 72 in Bureau County at 12:42 a.m. Sunday, February 2, 2014. 

The trooper reported smelling an odor of “burnt cannabis” as he spoke with the driver of the Explorer.

“A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded a small amount of cannabis and two duffle bags containing over 62 pounds of a suspected substance that later tested positive for both cocaine and heroin,” said a statement from Illinois State Police District 17.

The driver, 41-year-old Patrick Romolt of Arizona, was charged with possession with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine.  State Police said the accusation is a federal charge. 

A passenger who was in the Explorer was released without being charged.

Romolt was held in the Bureau County Jail.

Patrick Romolt photo from Illinois State Police

Patrick Romolt photo from Illinois State Police



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