"He was a drug dealer," Sgt. Godfrey "Tom" Cronin testified in a matter-of-fact tone.
Cronin said investigators found stashes of marijuana and cocaine, machines for sealing large plastic bags and tubs of a dietary supplement often used to mix with cocaine for sale on the street. They also found walkie-talkies, police scanners and a makeshift dog kennel in a downstairs basement where Cooper allegedly kept two Rottweilers for protection, according to trial testimony.
In a dresser drawer in the master bedroom, police found a breadbox stuffed with thousands of dollars, according to testimony. There were also keys that led to two safe-deposit boxes with more than $250,000 in $50 and $100 bills, the court was told.
- Earlier Tuesday, hundreds of Chicago police officers gathered outside the Cook County Criminal Courts Building for a prayer vigil as Taylor's family listened to gruesome testimony about the officer's wounds. With dozens of police squad cars lining California Avenue, the Rev. Dan Brandt of the police chaplain's unit asked officers to pray that justice is done.
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