California Man Arrested Near Morrison on Cross Country Drug Trafficking


A California man was arrested on a charge of possession with intent to distribute 91 kilograms of cocaine. Ronald Coleman, 43, was stopped on Interstate 88 near Morrison, Ill. by Illinois State Police while driving a semi-truck.

During the inspection and investigation, the trooper utilized a narcotics-detection K9, “Roman”, to perform an exterior sniff of the semi-truck. K9 Roman alerted to the presence of a controlled substance, leading to the search of the semi-trailer, where two suitcases were found containing approximately 91 kilograms of cocaine. The investigation revealed that the driver was knowingly transporting the cocaine from California to the Chicago area for further distribution.

Coleman faces a maximum potential penalty of up to life imprisonment and a fine of $10,000,000. If convicted, the Court must impose reasonable sentences under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

The charge was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Sheila G. Lyons, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Illinois State Police and the Blackhawk Area Task Force provided critical assistance in the investigation. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert S. Ladd.

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