Man faces federal charges after traffic stop nets 62 pounds of cocaine and heroin

Online Staff Report

An Arizona man faces federal drug charges stemming from a traffic stop by the Illinois State Police that netted more than 62 pounds of cocaine and heroin last Sunday.

Patrick S. Romolt, 41, has been charged federally with possession of more than 5 kilos of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Sunday, Feb. 2, at approximately 12:42 a.m., an ISP District 17 trooper observed a black 2014 Ford Explorer speeding eastbound on I-80 near Milepost 72. The vehicle was stopped and during the traffic stop, the trooper detected an odor of burnt cannabis while speaking to Romolt.

A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded a small amount of cannabis and two duffle bags containing more than 62 pounds of a suspected substance that late tested positive for both cocaine and heroin.

“Criminal organizations will go to any extent to transport narcotics across interstate lines and it’s up to law enforcement to try to stay one step ahead of them at all times,” said ISP District 17 Captain Robert Atherton. “This seizure underscores our unwavering commitment to the dismantling of these illegal criminal enterprises that can lead to violence and fatalities.”

Several agencies are assisting in the followup investigation, including the the ISP Zone 3 Criminal Patrol (CRIMPAT) Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

A second occupant of the vehicle was released without being charged.

Posted Feb. 7, 2014

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