Posted Online: Feb. 05, 2013, 7:26 pm

RI man alleged to have dropped cocaine denies accusation

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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

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Terry Michael Brooks Jr., 25, of 933 14th Ave., Rock Island
Terry Michael Brooks Jr., 25, of Rock Island, contends he doesn't know anything about the crack cocaine police said they saw him drop during a January drug raid.

Eight people were at 928 13th Ave., Rock Island, when police executed a search warrant shortly before 7:30 p.m on Jan. 24., Rock Island police Sgt. Matthew Edwards said during a preliminary hearing on Tuesday in Rock Island County Circuit Court.

Sgt. Edwards said officers encountered Mr. Brooks on a second-floor landing during the raid, his hands clutched at his waist.

When ordered to show his hands, Mr. Brooks allegedly raised his arms, dropping an object that later was confirmed to be 7.5 grams of crack cocaine, the sergeant said, adding that small amounts of cannabis and more cocaine were found elsewhere in the home.

During a followup police interview, Mr. Brooks "denied any knowledge of the crack," Sgt. Edwards testified.

Mr. Brooks was arrested and charged witha felony count of drug manufacturing/dealing one to 15 grams of cocaine.

He remained in Rock Island County Jail on Tuesday on a $125,000 bond and is scheduled for a March 15 pretrial conference.