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Police: $10M worth of cocaine found in man's home

Published: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 10:07 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — A search of a South Side home Friday revealed about $10 million worth of cocaine and more than $500,000 cash, leading to the arrest of the 21-year-old man who lived there. Two others also face felony charges in the case.

Jose Pelayo-Aguilar, of the 3600 block of South Leavitt Avenue, was charged with manufacturing or delivering and possessing more than 900 grams of cocaine. During a Sunday court appearance, Judge Israel Desierto ordered him held on a $75,000 cash bond.

A police report says Pelayo-Aguilar admitted to asking Patricia Sugey to deliver one kilogram of cocaine to Roger Zeni.

Sugey, who is being held on $50,000 bail, and Zeni, who is being held on $25,000, also face felony charges in the case.

During a search of Pelayo-Aguilar’s home in the McKinley Park neighborhood, police recovered 79 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of about $10 million, and at least $539,406 cash.

Pelayo-Aguilar’s lawyer, Joseph Lopez, said his client knew nothing about the drugs and “was caught up in the middle of it.” All three defendants will be back in court on Feb. 20.

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