Cops raided his downtown apartments 3 times in 2 years — Now, he’s pleading guilty to trafficking

Brandon West in mugshots from 2017, 2018, and 2019. | CPD; CCSO

CWBChicago readers may remember Brandon West. We first told you about him after police allegedly found $170,000 worth of pot and crack during a raid of his Streeterville high-rise apartment in September 2017.

Cops said they recovered 35 pounds of weed and liquid THC 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, according to police.

West, police said, told them that he was “just an accountant.”

One year later, while he was on electronic monitoring pending trial, police raided his new apartment in River North and allegedly discovered another treasure trove of dope.

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.

And one year after that, while West was back on electronic monitoring awaiting trial on both of those cases, Illinois State Police and DuPage County authorities raided his newest apartment on the Near South Side and allegedly found 48 grams of cocaine.

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West has now pleaded guilty to two charges: Class X manufacture-delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis and manufacture-delivery of 30 to 500 grams of cannabis. 

He received a six-year sentence for the first count and a concurrent two-year term for the second. Officials have set his parole date for Sept. 2, 2022.

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