Chicago man had $34,000 worth of pot in his house while on electronic monitoring for gun case, prosecutors say

Chicago — Prosecutors say a Chicago man had more than $34,000 worth of pot, MDMA, and cocaine in his house where he was on electronic monitoring for a pending gun case.

Brayan Bernabe was charged with illegally possessing a ghost gun with a laser sight and an extended ammunition magazine on July 2 and posted a $10,000 bail deposit the very next day to go home on electronic monitoring, prosecutors said.

Investigators from the sheriff’s office went to Bernabe’s Little Village home earlier this month to conduct a “safety compliance check,” which is part of the electronic monitoring agreement, prosecutor Adam Sammarco said.

Brayan Bermabe | Cook County sheriff’s office

Sammarco said that authorities found digital scales on the front porch, baggies of marijuana in the foyer, more marijuana in the living room, and a loaded 17-round ammunition magazine.

In Bernabe’s bedroom, the investigators found a garbage bag containing vape pens, cannabis on the dresser, $560 worth of suspected cocaine, $270 worth of MDMA, 44 containers of cannabis-infused wax in a refrigerator, cannabis-infused oils, a backpack containing cannabis, five pounds of cannabis-infused edibles, $654 in a safe, another scale, a fake ID with Bernabe’s picture on it, and Bernabe’s electronic monitoring unit and GPS charger, Sammarco said. The cannabis allegedly had a street value of $34,739 in total.

Bernabe allegedly claimed ownership of all the items. He is now charged with manufacture-delivery of cannabis, unlawful possession of cannabis, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

A public defender said Bernabe works in factories and the demolition business. He has two sons.

Judge Maryam Ahmad ordered Bernabe to pay another $15,000 bail deposit on the new charges. He is also being held without bail for violating bond in his pending gun case.

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