The Kenosha DA’s office and the attorney representing a woman accused of trafficking a large amount of drugs from Illinois into Salem Lakes has accepted a plea deal, according to the discussion in court today. The Kenosha DA’s office is recommending that Bermudez serve 6 months of conditional jail time and three years of probation.
Bermudez was 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 on October 18, 2023 and was charged with Possession with Intent – THC (>2500-10,000g). She was given a $25,000 cash bail and it was posted the next morning by a woman named Kelly DeJesus. That following 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.
The plea hearing is scheduled for April 8, 2024 at 8am.