$25M in cocaine seized in Melrose Park

August 11, 2008 3:10:33 PM PDT
Cook County sheriff's police seized $25 million worth of cocaine during a large drug bust in west suburban Melrose Park.It happened Saturday morning at Solar Deburring Incorporated at 2001 N. Cornell Ave. Police say they received a tip to be on the lookout for a large load coming from the southwest border. Officers did surveillance and saw a refrigerator truck pulling into the company.

Three men were reportedly caught unloading 250 kilos of cocaine. Jose Reyes, the business owner; Cohs Meh Ruano Reyes, an employee; and Javier Huerta, the truck's driver, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Officers suspect the shipment was intended to be distributed locally.

"Chicago is a big hub for narcotics. I would assume that most of it was destined for this area, but Chicago also supplies other Midwest cities, like Gary, Indiana; Milwaukee, a lot of other big Midwest cities," said Joseph Vanacora, Cook County Sheriff's Police.

Each of the suspects is being held on a $1 million cash bond.


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