Posted Online: Nov. 13, 2012, 8:37 pm
Judge says there is enough evidence to try Chicago man on felony drug charges
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By Lisa Hammer, firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMBRIDGE -- Judge Charles "Casey" Stengel on Tuesday said there was enough evidence to try Stephen Berenberg, 30, of Chicago, on felony drug charges.
Mr. Berenberg is charged in Henry County Circuit Court with Class X felony cannabis trafficking, Class X felony possession with intent to deliver, Class 1 felony possession of cannabis, Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to testimony from State Trooper Andrew Scott, Mr. Berenberg was the front-seat passenger in a vehicle pulled over for driving 73 in a 65-mph speed zone just west of Geneseo about 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 4.
Mr. Berenberg said he, and the driver, a woman, were coming from Denver to visit friends in Chicago. The driver gave the trooper consent to search the vehicle and when he found 14 pounds of marijuana in a blue duffel bag with clothing the driver said it was Mr. Berenberg's.
Trooper Scott said the passenger admitted the pot was his and it field-tested positive as marijuana.
Charges were filed on Oct. 5, and Mr. Berenberg posted $10,000 bond on Oct. 9. He entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial hearing was set for Dec. 13.