When an Aurora man set off a metal detector while entering a Kane County courthouse, a deputy asked him to empty his pockets before making another pass through the screening device.
And out of one pocket he pulled a small plastic bag of what police suspect is cocaine and placed it on a tray, according to police reports.
Alex M. Robinson, 37, of the 700 block of Charles Street, was quickly placed under arrest and later charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, Kane County sheriff’s police said.
The incident happened about 8:30 a.m. last Wednesday at the Kane County Judicial Center on Randall Road in St. Charles. Lt. Pat Gengler of the sheriff’s office it was a busy time of day, when hundreds of courthouse visitors pass through the security checkpoint, often forming a line as security officers screen briefcases, purses and backpacks.
The normal courthouse security operation is similar to what airline passengers undergo and should not have come as a surprise to Robinson, according to Gengler.
“It’s not like he wouldn't have known he was going to be screened,” Gengler said.
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