CAMBRIDGE -- Judge Charles "Casey" Stengel on Tuesday said there was enough evidence to try Stephen Berenberg, 30, of Chicago, on felony drug charges.|
Mr. Berenberg is charged in Henry County Circuit Court with Class X felony cannabis trafficking, Class X felony possession with intent to deliver, Class 1 felony possession of cannabis, Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance and Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to testimony from State Trooper Andrew Scott, Mr. Berenberg was the front-seat passenger in a vehicle pulled over for driving 73 in a 65-mph speed zone just west of Geneseo about 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 4.
Mr. Berenberg said he, and the driver, a woman, were coming from Denver to visit friends in Chicago. The driver gave the trooper consent to search the vehicle and when he found 14 pounds of marijuana in a blue duffel bag with clothing the driver said it was Mr. Berenberg's.
Trooper Scott said the passenger admitted the pot was his and it field-tested positive as marijuana.
Charges were filed on Oct. 5, and Mr. Berenberg posted $10,000 bond on Oct. 9. He entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial hearing was set for Dec. 13.