KANKAKEE — Bond was set at $1 million for the driver of a car hauler where police found 13.2 pounds of cocaine during a routine traffic stop on Sunday.
Kenneth B. Berry Jr., of Charlotte, N.C., was hauling a 2018 GMC Yukon Denali from Houston to Flint. Mich., when he was stopped by an Illinois State Trooper at the Love’s Travel Stop at exit 308 on Interstate 57 at 4:56 p.m.
During a bond hearing before Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott, Kankakee County Assistant State’s Attorney Erika Hamer said Berry told investigators he dropped off vehicles in Houston, where a man approached him about hauling his Yukon. Berry said the man paid him $1,200.
Berry is charged with felony controlled substance trafficking, felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and two felony counts of possession of a weapon by a felon.
His next court date is Aug. 7 when he will be arraigned.
A search of the Yukon revealed 13.2 pounds (6 kilograms) of cocaine and a 9mm Glock firearm with a loaded magazine.
Hamer said investigators found six plastic vacuum sealed bags that each tested positive for cocaine.
Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group estimated the street value of the cocaine at $176,000. KAMEG agents assisted with the search.