More Arrests In Lake County Drug Bust

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration on Feb. 1 arrested four men and seized 47 kilos of cocaine and $25,000 in cash in unincorporated Lake Villa. The drug bust is the result of an investigation that began in December 2010 when the DEA received information that a house located at 40058 Route 45 in unincorporated Lake Villa was being utilized to store and distribute illegal narcotics, and it’s related to the arrest in Lake Forest on Sunday night in which 15 kilos of cocaine was seized.

Here’s information about the arrests from a press release issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office:

Joint surveillance of the ranch led to the traffic stop that was conducted by Deputy Lorne White on Sunday (January 30) evening. Further information was developed which led to a court authorized search warrant that was executed on the ranch last evening by members of the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team (TRT). Additional information obtained during the execution of the search warrant led to a consent search at 37425 Stearns School Road in unincorporated Lake Villa. A traffic stop was also conducted on Hunt Club Road near Route 173 Monday evening by the Sheriff’s Office, which resulted in the seizure of more cocaine. The search warrant, consent search, the traffic stop from Monday night and from Sunday evening, are all related to this case.

A total of $21,000 USC, one pound of Cannabis, three grams of Cocaine, two .45 caliber handguns and an SKS rifle were seized at the Route 45 address.

A total of $4,000 USC, 37 Kilos of Cocaine, an SKS rifle and a 9mm handgun were seized from the address on Stearns School Road .

The Sheriff’s Office confiscated an additional 10 Kilos of Cocaine during the traffic stop on Hunt Club Road near Route 173. The total seizure of 62 kilos of cocaine includes the 15 kilos that were seized during Deputy Lorne White’s traffic stop on Sunday, January 30.

A total of six individuals were taken into custody on Monday night. Two of the individuals were released due to insufficient evidence.

The following subjects were charged through the Lake County State’s Attorneys Office:

Hector M. Velez-Rodriguez, 30, of 37425 Stearns School Road — Lake Villa

  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Class X)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class 1)
  • Possession of a Firearm without a Firearm (Class A misdemeanor)

Cesar Figueroa, 45, of 40058 N. Route 45 — Lake Villa

  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Class X)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class 1)
  • Possession of a Firearm without a Firearm (Class A misdemeanor)

Rodriguez and Figueroa were taken into custody at the Stearns School Road address.

Rigoberto Duran-Aguilar, 27, of 266 Shorewood Drive #2 — Glendale Heights , IL .

  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Class X)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class 1)

Jose A. Torres, 28, of 1112 Montague Street — Rockford , IL .

  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Class X)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class 1)

Duran-Aguilar and Torres were taken into custody following the traffic stop on Hunt Club Road .

“The Drug Enforcement Administration is aware that drug trafficking organizations are setting up regional distribution and storage locations in less urban areas with the false pretense that it will reduce law enforcement suspicion of their operations,” stated Jack Riley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the DEA. “Working jointly with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office led to the dismantlement of this alleged drug distribution network, which ultimately kept 62 kilograms of cocaine and several firearms from infiltrating our communities.”

“The cooperation between our agency and the Drug Enforcement Administration was invaluable to this investigation,” said Sheriff Mark Curran. “This operation dealt a devastating blow to drug trafficking in Lake County.”

Bond for Velez-Rodriguez and Figueroa was set in the amount of $100,000. Bond for Torres and Duran-Aguilar was set in the amount of $250,000. All four men remain in the Lake County Jail. If convicted, they could each face up to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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