Chicago couple charged after Racine Police find 3 kilos of cocaine

Pablo Ribas Perales (l) Alma Mendez Michel (r)

Pablo Ribas Perales (l) Alma Mendez Michel (r)

A Chicago couple are facing felony drug charges after Racine Police find 3 kilos of cocaine during a traffic stop. Pablo Ribas Perales, 33 of Chicago and Alma B Mendez-Michel 25 of Chicago have been charged with Possess w/Intent-Cocaine (>40g). Both were given a $300,000 cash bond each after making their initial initial appearance in Racine Circuit Court. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for October 22, 2015.

According to the criminal complaint on October 13, 2015, Racine Police executed a traffic stop in the area of Kinzie and Ohio. When officers approached the driver according to the complaint was very nervous and neither party had identification on them. Officers search Perales who had a Western Union document on him with a different name than he had given police. A Racine Police K9 Unit was called to the scene and alerted positive for narcotics. While searching the vehicle, officers discovered suspicious wires in the vehicle. Officers with the Special Investigations Unit were called to the scene where they recovered what appeared to be 3 kilos of cocaine from a false vent system built into the truck. Racine Police document that the drugs seized tested positive for cocaine and weighed 3,061 grams.

When questioned by police both suspects said they were coming to a home Racine to, but could not describe it and didn’t know where it was and the vehicle belonged to a friend.