Two Peoria men were caught at the Par-A-Dice Hotel with nearly 200 grams of cocaine and more than $13,500 in cash, according to charges filed this week.
An investigation by Peoria detectives produced a search warrant to raid the adjacent rooms of Dominic Wright, 26, and Charles Watkins, 31, last Thursday.
Watkins was charged Monday in Tazewell County Circuit Court with engaging in a criminal drug conspiracy with Wright, who was charged with possessing cocaine with intent to deliver. The Class X felonies carry up to 30 years in prison.
The probe took police to the East Peoria hotel, where the two men had been staying “off and on” in rooms using vouchers that Wright had received at the Par-A-Dice Casino, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
Watkins, whose driver’s license had been revoked, was stopped as he drove in the hotel parking lot. In his pockets were $1,000 in cash and marijuana, the affidavit stated.
With a search warrant, detectives raided the two men’s rooms and found 125 grams of powder cocaine, 60 more of crack cocaine, packaged for sale, and more than $12,500 in cash, the affidavit stated.
Watkins, who has at least three prior drug-related convictions, was ordered held on $250,000 bond. Wright also remains in custody on $75,000 bond. Both will next appear in court on March 23.
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