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Will County prosecutors seek to discover source of Joliet defendant's bail funds

Francisco Rojas, 46, Joliet
Francisco Rojas, 46, Joliet

A Will County assistant state’s attorney requested a court hearing on the source of the money that was used to bail a Joliet man facing drug charges out of jail.

On Nov. 1, Francisco J. Rojas, 46, of the 1000 block of Elizabeth Street, was booked into the Will County jail on charges of unlawful delivery of a substance containing cocaine, unlawful possession of a substance containing cocaine with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of the same substance, according to jail and court records.

Will County Judge Ed Burmila set Rojas’ bond at $750,000 on Nov. 2 and 10% of that bond was posted by Angela Johnson on Nov. 4, Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Charlene Recio said in a petition.

“The defendant does not appear to have any income from legitimate sources to post bail,” Recio said.

Recio’s petition argued that state law allows a judge to inquire about the “source of any money posted as cash bail,” and the “mere deposit” of cash bail is not enough to deprive the judge of the right to inquire on the “adequacy of the bail.”

Calls to Rojas’ attorney, Cosmo Tedone, were not returned.

In four Will County criminal cases against Rojas, 78-year-old Uriel Rojas of Joliet posted his bond. Attempts to reach Uriel Rojas were unsuccessful.

In 2013, Rojas was one of 12 men arrested in “Operation Red Baron,” which targeted street gangs selling drugs, police said.

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