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updated: 10/19/2012 4:56 PM

Traffic stop nets $1.5M in cocaine along I-90 in Elgin

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A traffic stop along Interstate 90 near Elgin Tuesday netted 35 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $1.5 million on the street, authorities said.

Rogaciano P. Beruete, 57, of Fayetteville, Texas, faces felony charges of controlled substance trafficking, possession of more than 900 grams of cocaine and manufacture/delivery of more than 900 grams of cocaine, according to police and court records.

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Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Bill Backus, who heads the North Central Narcotics Task Force, said Beruete was headed east on I-90 when he was pulled over around noon by a uniformed state trooper near Route 31 for speeding and improper lane use.

Backus said a second trooper arrived at the scene and conducted a search by walking his police dog around the car. A search turned up a package of cocaine, and the car was towed to a state facility off Interstate 90 and Route 20 in Marengo where authorities found 28 packages of cocaine weighing 35,117 grams in a hidden compartment in the floor of the vehicle, Backus said.

"In my professional opinion, he was just a transporter," Backus said. "It's was definitely a sizable seizure. There's no doubt about that."

Beruete is being held at the Kane County jail on $9 million bail, meaning he must post $900,000 in order to be free while the charges are pending. He is due in court on Wednesday.

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