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Plea Deal Reached In Drug Trafficking Case

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Ashley J. Bermudez (27), of Chicago, IL WIth Attorney Anthony Cotton In Court Today
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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.

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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.

Ashley J. Bermudez (27) of Chicago, IL
(Kenosha Sheriff)

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.

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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.

Ashley J. Bermudez (27), of Chicago, IL WIth Attorney Anthony Cotton In Court Today
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

“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.

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$81,000 Worth of THC Cartridges In Evidence
(Kenosha Sheriff)

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.

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Ashley J. Bermudez (27), of Chicago, IL In Court Today
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Ashley J. Bermudez (27), of Chicago, IL WIth Attorney Anthony Cotton and a Friend In Court Today
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.

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18 Responses

    1. You need to be replaced. This dumbfuck state is missing out on a ton of revenue . You must love paying high taxes

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      1. Wrong…every single state that has legalized has caused widespread usage, high unemployment, high disability claims. Basically people get so toasted all the time, they can’t pass a drug test, their brains are fried. Vape, gummies, cookies, grass, are used constantly. These people are perpetually high…wastoids of society.

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        1. False. Stay off of lamestream news. You’re talking about heroin California. Marijuana is NOT a drug.

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        2. Uhhhm they already are dumbkoff — why not make $$$$ off them —- this dumb chick that got arrested is nothing

  1. She’s setup as a narc. She’s gotta have contact(s) in either a dispensary or in the manufacturing/delivery in order to get that amount. They want the big guy.

  2. Someones talking in order to get that sweet plea deal….2nd offense felon and only 6 months & 3 year probation😂 It would be nice if all were tested for fentynal & other crap so people know what’s out there! Nice bust….any bust is a nice bust! Keep taking the trash out👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  3. Rule #1 : When carrying huge amounts of illegal drugs in your car , obey all traffic laws.

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