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A Granite City man was charged Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), according to press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
Police identified the man as Raymond Charles Robinson, 34, 2900 block of Palmer Avenue, Granite City.
On Thursday, May 1, at about 1:55 a.m., a Madison County sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that failed to yield to another emergency vehicle on Interstate 55 southbound just north of Illinois Route 111 in East St. Louis.
The deputy made contact with the driver, Raymond Robinson, and a front passenger. It was determined Robinson possessed a suspended Illinois driver’s license. Robinson was subsequently arrested for driving with a suspended license. A search of Robinson revealed he had an off-white rock like substance concealed in the lining of his baseball cap. Police determined the substance was crack cocaine.
Further investigation revealed the front passenger and Robinson had actually switched seats while the vehicle was in transit and while the deputy was following behind. The passenger was identified as Kevin Ray Hayes, 42, of the 8700 block of Fairway Boulevard, Collinsville.
Hayes possessed a revoked Illinois driver’s license, police said. Probable cause was developed to arrest Hayes for driving while license revoked. Hayes was also charged with the additional traffic charges of no valid registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
Both men were transported to the Madison County Jail and Robinson was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. Hayes later posted bond and was released from custody.
The felony warrant and information was issued by Judge Neil Schroeder, who set Robinson’s bond at $15,000. Robinson was also charged with the traffic charges of failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, no valid registration, and driving while license suspended.