Crypto trader had 16 pounds of pot-infused gummies in his car during traffic stop, prosecutors say

Chicago — A Lakeview man had 16 pounds of cannabis-infused gummies in his car during a traffic stop on the North Side, prosecutors said. And Chicago police say they found nearly 10 pounds of marijuana in his back seat.

Chicago police pulled Frank Vargas over for a traffic violation in the 5400 block of North Sheridan shortly before 9 p.m. Monday and “smelled fresh, unsmoked cannabis” as they spoke with him, prosecutors said. The cops also saw bags of pot in a cardboard box in Vargas’ backseat and small baggies of suspected cannabis on his center console, according to the allegations.

Frank Vargas | Chicago Police Department; Outlook India

Officers searched Vargas’ vehicle and allegedly found eight large, clear bags containing 9.9 pounds of suspected cannabis inside the cardboard box. They also found 16 pounds of cannabis-infused gummies divided between two large bags, according to the allegations. The contraband has a total street value of $49,550, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said he was convicted of manufacture-delivery of a controlled substance in Cole County in 2014.

Vargas, according to his private defense attorney, is a self-employed crypto trader with a master’s degree in communications.

Judge Kelly McCarthy ordered Vargas to pay a $6,500 bail deposit to get out of jail. He is charged with manufacture-delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis and possessing more than 5,000 grams of cannabis.

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