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NEARLY 1200 ECSTASY PILLS SEIZED DURING ROUTINE PATROL STOP

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Monday, September 27, 2010— Bond has been set at $25,000 for a Chicago man caught with nearly 1200 ecstasy pills in his car, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Monday.

Alfonzo RatliffAlfonzo Ratliff, 28, of the 7900 block of South Maryland Ave. has been charged with unsafe backing on a roadway, driving on a revoked license and possession of between 600 – 1500 ecstasy pills.
Cook County Sheriff’s Police patrol officers were driving eastbound on U.S. 30 from Cottage Grove when they observed a vehicle back out of the parking lot of a convenience store located on the 900 block of East U.S. 30, cross four lanes and cause westbound traffic to stop.  The car then quickly drove westbound and turned south onto Drexel Boulevard at a high rate of speed.

Officers conducted a traffic stop, and called in Ratliff’s driver’s license.  When officers learned Ratliff was driving on a revoked license, he was placed into custody.  Prior to an administrative tow of the vehicle, patrol officers conducted the required inventory search of the car.  In the trunk of the vehicle, officers discovered 14 knotted plastic bags containing blue pills that appeared to be ecstasy.

When the officer asked Ratliff what the pills were, he confirmed they were illegal narcotics, but claimed they belonged to someone else.  The estimated street value of the 1176 pills recovered is $23,520.00.  Ratliff’s next court date is set for October 14th in Maywood.

This is the second ecstasy bust by the Cook County Sheriff's Office in less than one week. 1700 ecstasy tablets were seized with an estimated street value of $34,000 during a narcotics sting last Wednesday.

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