SYCAMORE – A Chicago man appeared in DeKalb County court Tuesday after a traffic stop in which Illinois State Police said they found about two ounces – almost 59 grams – of cocaine in his vehicle.
Samuel G. Rojas, 21, of the 2400 block of South Troy Street, Chicago, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance after a state trooper pulled him over for allegedly going
84 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 88 Monday.
The stop occurred near mile marker 101 on Interstate 88, just west of the County Line Road overpass, according to court documents.
During a search of the vehicle, Rojas admitted to having cocaine in the center console, according to court documents.
Rojas could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of cocaine possession. The possible penalty is longer because of the amount of cocaine police say they found.
Police reported they smelled marijuana inside the 2002 Buick after Rojas presented a state identification when asked for a driver’s license, according to court documents. After checking his license, police said they learned it was invalid.
Police said in court records that they found Rojas also had about 3 grams of marijuana on his person, but he does not face any marijuana charges.
Judge Phillip Montgomery on Tuesday ordered Rojas released on his signature. Family members present in the courtroom said they planned to hire a private attorney to represent him. Rojas has no previous criminal history.
His next court date is at 9 a.m. Oct. 18.