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Police Make Cocaine Busts in Channahon, Joliet

Cocaine found stashed in BMW; Joliet police, gang unit make bust at Richards Street home.

A semi-truck driver apparently didn't know he was transporting eight kilos of cocaine on Monday when he was stopped by Will County Sheriff's Police.

Sheriff's department spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said police saw a Freightliner semi-trailer with its registration plate blocked and unreadable at about 5 p.m. Monday near I-55 and Bluff Road in Channahon. Police stopped the trailer, which was carrying six vehicles.

Hoffmeyer said the driver was brought to the Laraway Road Sheriff’s station, where the vehicles were removed and a K-9 search of the vehicles and semi was conducted. During the search, eight kilos of cocaine was found in the backseat plastic moldings of a 2008 BMW, according to police.

Hoffmeyer said the vehicles were being transported from California.

The driver of the semi was ultimately interviewed and cited for a minor traffic violation before being released. The sheriff's department continues to investigate the incident, Hoffmeyer said, and no arrests have been made.

Richards Street bust

In a separate incident, the sheriff's Gang Suppression Unit and Joliet police found 9.2 grams of crack cocaine, 1.8 grams of cannabis, a handgun and cash during a search warrant at a home at 1016 Richards Street in Joliet last Thursday.

Cortland R. Pinnick, 25, was charged with aggravated unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of drug equipment, no Firearm Owners ID card  and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to jail records. Pinnick remains in custody at the Will County jail on $500,000 bond.

Hoffmeyer said the search came after a monthlong joint investigation by the Gang Suppression Unit and Joliet police.

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