DeKalb Police uncover 48 pounds of cocaine

By Jessi Haish

DeKalb | Two Arizona men are being held after being found with 48 pounds of cocaine.

Terance T. Prigge, 53, of Phoenix, and Matthew B. Gruender, 52, of Phoenix, are being held on bond of $10 million each.

At 10:26 p.m. Sept. 21, DeKalb police received a phone call from the DeKalb Taylor municipal airport requesting officers stand by while two men waited for a limousine to arrive. After speaking with the men, officers had suspicions of drug activity, and the men gave conflicting stories about their business in the area.

A search of the bags yielded about 22 individually wrapped kilos of cocaine. After investigation, warrants for Prigge and Gruender were issued for controlled substance trafficking, unlawful possession of controlled substance with the intent to deliver and unlawful possession of controlled substance. The Drug Enforcement Administration assisted in locating the men. If convicted, they could serve 30 to 60 years in prison.

NIU Police Department, Illinois State Police, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security assisted with the investigation.