A Chicago woman is behind bars as of Thursday morning holding on a $50,000 cash bail. On Wednesday afternoon, a court commissioner had set her bail at $25,000, but the Sheriff’s Department was listening to her jail calls. They notified Kenosha prosecutors that she may be a flight risk and post the original $25,000 soon.
Indeed, somebody named Nelly DeJesus walked into public safety building this morning just after 5:00 a.m. with $25,000 in cash.
Thursday morning in an emergency hearing requested by the state, prosecutor Alexander Huber played for commissioner William Michel II one or more Jail phone calls. The defendant was recorded on the phone saying that she would rather “go on the run” than do four years in prison. Four years in prison is what the person on the other end of the phone suggested she would receive even though the maximum sentence is much higher.
Kenosha County Court Commissioner William Michel II raised her bail to $50,000, keeping her in the jail.
The woman was allegedly caught by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department allegedly transporting $81,000 of THC vape cartridges. Ashley J. Bermudez, 27, of Chicago, IL, a convicted felon was previously convicted of drug dealing in Cook County in 2017. According to the criminal complaint, Bermudez was driving on Highway 50 in Salem Lakes. A Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputy clocked Bermudez driving 71mph in a 55mph zone, so he pulled her over.
Bermudez was the only occupant of the vehicle and told the deputy she was driving “to a friend’s house.” The deputy could smell a strong odor of raw marijuana. He asked Bermudez when the last time she smoked marijuana was and she told him “like yesterday.” Bermudez readily admitted to the deputy that she had drugs in the car.
A total of 2700-1000mg (2700g) THC labeled vape cartridges were seized and placed into evidence, along with a miscellaneous amount of THC in smaller quantities and different forms. The Kenosha DA’s Office was advised by the Sheriff’s Department that the value of the vape cartridges carries a street value of $81,000 and this amount of vape cartridges is more than personal use, but rather consistent with being in route to deliver due to the sheer quantity and street value. Also, the companies [In Illinois] will not sell the above amount in bulk unless it goes a dispensary.
“Yes, we know marijuana/THC can legally be bought in Illinois but we are not in Illinois,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a Facebook post.
Bermudez appeared in intake court Wednesday afternoon and was charged with Possession with Intent – THC (>2500-10,000g). She faces 16.5 years in the Wisconsin Prison system if convicted of the serious charge.
She is due in court again on November 1, 2023 at 9:00 am for a preliminary hearing.
Reached Wednesday afternoon, Salem Lakes Village President Rita Bucur had the following to say:
“I commend the Kenosha County Deputy for [his] diligence in this traffic stop, contributing to the safety and well-being of our community. [The Sheriff’s Department’s] dedication to enforcing the law is crucial in combating the negative effects of drug-related activities.”