Chicago man caught with 5 pounds of cocaine
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org August 8, 2012 3:28PM
Updated: September 10, 2012 1:39PM
A Chicago man is facing drug charges after a probable cause affidavit claimed he bought 5 pounds of cocaine at a Merrillville gas station parking lot.
Jose Gonzalez was arrested Monday evening when police stopped him leaving the scene of the drug deal at a gas station on Harrison Street and 61st Avenue, according to the affidavit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency had been watching another man, Cornelio Rodriguez, at a house in the 600 block of 59th Avenue Monday evening after Rodriguez had given about seven pounds of crystal methamphetamine to a confidential source earlier that day. They watched as Rodriguez drove from the house to the gas station, where he met a white Dodge Magnum driven by Gonzalez.
He then handed Gonzalez a white bag, which Gonzalez took before driving off, according to the affidavit.
DEA agents pulled Gonzalez over as he was trying to get onto Interstate 65 from 61st. Although he tried to get away from them, they were able to stop him.
Rodriguez was arrested by 59th Street and Harrison, although it is not clear if charges are pending against him.
Gonzalez is facing a charge of possessing with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a cocaine. An arraignment had not been scheduled as of Wednesday afternoon.