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Police: Joliet man found with cocaine, marijuana

Suspect held in Will County jail on $2.5 million bond

Gerardo Zavala, 33, Joliet[]

Several Joliet police and federal law enforcement agents arrested a Joliet man for allegedly possessing cocaine and marijuana, authorities said.

Officers with the Joliet narcotics unit, tactical unit, K-9 unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives executed a search warrant at the residence in the 400 block of Madison Street, said Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory.

Gerardo Zavala, 33, who lives on that block, was the target of the search warrant, Gregory said. Officers recovered cocaine, marijuana and cash in the search.

Zavala was arrested and initially charged with unlawful possession of more than 2,000 grams of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug equipment.

He was taken to the Will County jail, where he is being held on a $2.5 million bond. Zavala will need to pay 10 percent of the bond for his release.

Zavala has been charged with dozens of traffic violations in Will County, including several speeding tickets.

On Nov. 18, 2016, Zavala was found guilty of driving between 15 to 20 mph above the speed limit in Shorewood, according to court records. He was fined $120.

Zavala had been found guilty of speeding between 15 to 20 mph above the speed limit the year before after being cited by state police on June 9, 2015. On Feb. 28, 2012, he pleaded to driving between 11 to 14 mph above the speed limit.