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Police: Man pulled over with 119 pounds of cocaine worth more than $6 million

A judge set bond at $500,000 on Saturday for a man charged after officers recovered 119 pounds of cocaine valued at more than $6 million Friday afternoon in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said.

Juan Roberto Vazquez, 28, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of driving without a license. He was also cited for not using a turning signal and driving without insurance, police said.

About 2:30 p.m. Friday, narcotics officers saw Vazquez put two suitcases in his vehicle and drive off, police said. He was later stopped on a traffic violation in the 1500 block of North Kedvale.

Juan Roberto Vazquez | Chicago Police photo
Juan Roberto Vazquez | Chicago Police photo

He was taken into police custody after he could not produce a driver’s license. Police then found 90 brick-shaped objects in the suitcases that contained 54,000 grams of cocaine valued at $6.75 million, police said.

Vazquez, of the 4500 block of South Christiana, appeared in bond court Saturday where a judge set his bond at $500,000, according to police and the Cook County sheriff’s office. He is next due in court Feb. 17.