Beloit Police Uncover Nearly 150 Pounds of Drugs

By: Dana Brueck
By: Dana Brueck

Police say a search of a Beloit home turned up nearly 150 pounds of marijuana. Police arrested two men in connection with the bust.

Marty Zamudio, an Illinois State Police officer with the Stateline Area Narcotics Team, says "we have information that large amounts of cash, drugs are being transported right through I-90."

Police say it travels across the country but this time wound up in the hands of police.

"Our scales typically aren't in the hundreds of pounds," Beloit Police Capt. Bill Tyler says.

A midnight bust at a Beloit apartment complex uncovered 13 grams of powder cocaine, more than 140 pounds of marijuana as well as a taser.

"It could've been used as a weapon," Zamudio says.

Police also found more than $17, 000 in cash and a number of weapons. They estimate the value of the drugs alone at about $140, 000.

"It looked like it was coming through Tijuana ... California," Zamudio says.

They found the piles of cash hidden throughout the apartment.

Zamudio says, "They had some stored in dresser drawers, some stored under beds, in some of the suitcases."

Beloit Police teamed up with officers from the Stateline Area Narcotics Team in questioning several people inside the apartment at the time.

"There were communication issues. Most were non-English speaking," Tyler says.

Two were arrested: Omar Ramirez and Pablo Santa Cruz.

Police say the pair will face drug and weapons charges. SLANT agents believe Rockford, IL is a source area for drugs then sold in Beloit and throughout South Central Wisconsin.

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