Police arrested a Harvard man after they found him in possession of a half-pound of cocaine during a traffic stop in McHenry County earlier this week.
Julio C. Rojas, 32, of the 1300 block of 9th Street in Harvard, was charged with manufacture or delivery of 100-400 grams of cocaine, a Class X felony, and possession of 100-400 grams of cocaine, a Class 1 felony.
McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Hunter Jones said in a motion filed Wednesday that Rojas was stopped by members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.
Rojas was alone in his vehicle and found to be in possession of approximately nine ounces of cocaine, which is more than a half-pound.
Jones said the cocaine has a conservative street value of $10,000.
Deputies were investigating Rojas at the time because he sold at least 15 grams of cocaine to law enforcement agents twice in the spring of this year, Jones said.
During the Tuesday traffic stop, Rojas told law enforcement officers that he sells cocaine.
Rojas also told the officers that he had additional ounces of cocaine at his home in Harvard, the motion said.
McHenry County Judge Mark Gerhardt ordered Rojas held on a $200,000 bond.
Assistant Public Defender Kim Messer filed a motion seeking the court lower Rojas’ bond, saying that he is not a danger to the community or a flight risk.
Prosecutors objected to the bond reduction but Judge David Gervais reduced Rojas’ bond to $100,000.
Rojas remains held in the McHenry County Jail as of Sunday and would need to post $10,000 cash in order to be released.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 1.