Man awaiting trial after big narcotics raid is raided again — and charged with having another $296K worth of dope

Brandon West was arrested after police raided his new downtown apartment. | CPD; Wikipedia

A man who was freed on bail to await trial for allegedly having $170,000 worth of pot and crack in his Streeterville high-rise apartment is now charged with having $296,000 worth of cannabis, THC, cocaine, and Xanax in his new high-rise apartment downtown.

We first told you about 24-year-old Brandon West in Sept. 2017 after police raided his 36th floor apartment in the 400 block of North McClurg.

Cops in 2017 said they recovered 35 pounds of weed and liquid THC worth $158,550 inside two bedroom safes. Also recovered were 1.5 pounds of suspected crack cocaine; 72 suspected ecstasy pills; and two liters of suspect Codeine along with three loaded handguns, $12,162 cash, three scales, and a currency counter, police said.

At the time, West claimed to be “just an accountant,” according to police.

West was charged with a laundry list of felony narcotics charges. He then posted bond to go free and sit at home on electronic monitoring. That case continues to make its way through the court system.

Last Tuesday evening, police armed with a search warrant raided electronically-monitored West’s new apartment on the 16th floor of a high-rise in the first block of West Superior.

Police recovered $257,000 worth of liquid THC; about four pounds of cannabis; 51 grams of cocaine; 400 Xanax pills; five counterfeit $100 bills; a digital scale; a currency counter, and grinding equipment, according to prosecutors.

Now, in addition to the pending case from 2017, West is facing new charges of Class X manufacture-delivery of cannabis; felony possession of cocaine; and two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance.

He is currently being held without bail.
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