Kewanee Police Seized 90 Grams of Cocaine in Traffic Stop as part of A Narcotics Investigation


The Kewanee Police Department seized approximately 3 ounces (90 grams) of cocaine during a traffic stop that was part of a narcotics investigation.  On December 21, 2022, the Kewanee Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of West Central Blvd that led to the arrest of Jeffery Cerda, 26, of Kewanee for possession of approximately 90 grams of suspected cocaine.  Investigators located scales, packaging materials and $926 in cash from a search warrant that was executed at a residence in the 300 block of West Oak Street as part of the investigation.  Jeffery Cerda was transported to the Kewanee Police Department for booking and then transported to the Henry County Jail.  On December 22, 2022, the Henry County State’s Attorney filed charges for Possession of 15<100 Grams of Cocaine (Class 1 Felony) and Manufacture/Deliver 15<100 Grams of Cocaine (Class X Felony) against Cerda. A Class X Felony carries a potential sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Cerda’s bond was set at $15,000 (10%). A Preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 23, 2023, at 2 PM.  Cerda indicated he intends to hire private counsel and waived the 30 day requirement to have a Preliminary Hearing.

The Black Hawk Area Task Force, the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group, and the Henry County Special Operations Squad assisted Kewanee Police with the investigation.

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