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Two Raids, Two Drug Dealer Arrests: Police

Chalk up one each for the Joliet Police Department and for Will County CPAT. One seller was dealing in ecstasy and pot, the other in cocaine, heroin and pot, police said.

Two men accused of selling drugs out of their Joliet homes were arrested in unrelated police raids over the last two days.

In the first case, Jaime Flores was arrested Wednesday by Joliet police after he sold an ounce of cocaine for $850 to an undercover officer in a car down the alley from his 405 Morgan St. house, Lt. Joe Egizio said.

Flores, 30, had been under investigation by the Joliet Narcotics Unit since October 2012, allowing police to observe a pattern of the suspect leaving his house and getting into vehicles to sell drugs, Egizio said.

After taking Flores into custody, they obtained a warrant to search his house and came up with 58.3 grams of cocaine, 2.49 grams of heroin and more than 1,000 grams of cannabis, he said. All told, the drugs have a street value of about $10,000, he said.

They also recovered two scales and 84 rounds of ammunition.

Egizio called it a "trifecta" win because Joliet police were able to charge Flores in every category of felony from Class X to Class 1 as well as with a Class A misdemeanor. Flores faces multiple counts of controlled substance trafficking, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, manufacture/delivery of more than 500 grams of cannabis, other amount of narcotic schedule I and II, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"We put some very damaging charges on him," Egizio said.

Flores is being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Second CPAT Raid in Two Days

On Thursday, the Will County Cooperative Police Assistance Team concluded a two-week investigation when it raided a home at 405 Second Ave. and took Joseph Thomas Wroblel, 20, into custody, said CPAT Director Wayne Ladd, a sargeant with the Illinois State Police.

Ladd credited sources with alerting them to Wrobel's drug selling activities, and a warrant used to search his house turned up more than 100 ecstasy pills -- each valued at about $20 when sold -- and five cannabis plants being grown in the attic.

When harvested, each plant can produce about a pound of marijuana that can be sold for anywhere between $1,000 and $3,500, depending on the strength, Ladd said.

Wrobel was charged with two counts of possession of between 15 and 100 grams of ecstacy, both Class X felonies, as well as charges of producing five cannabis plants and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is also being held in the Will County jail. His bond had not been set as of Thursday night.

It was the second raid carried out by CPAT this week. On Wednesday, Brenda Ann Patterson of Joliet was arrested for selling drugs out of her 1207 Dearborn St. home. Officers recovered police found 240 grams of cocaine, 215 grams of cannabis, more than 332 hydrocodone pills and $1,073 in cash, Ladd said.

She faces one count each of manufacture/delivery of 100 to 400 grams of cocaine and manufacture/delivery of 30 to 500 grams of cannabis.

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