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Man sentenced to 23 years following heroin conviction

In northern Illinois, the joint efforts of Drug Enforcement Administration authorities, Naperville Police Department officers and Amtrak officials have kept a sizable amount of heroin off the streets and put an Elgin man behind bars. The man, who pleaded guilty to a single felony count related to possession and trafficking on Oct. 14, 2016, was sentenced that same morning to 23 years in prison.

He was initially detained following a drug bust that occurred on May 17. The previous day, Amtrak employees in California had reportedly noted the man's suspicious behavior while he was boarding an eastbound train and alerted authorities.

When it arrived in Naperville, the man left the train carrying two duffel bags and got into an unidentified vehicle, according to police and DEA agents on the scene. The vehicle was later stopped due to a traffic violation, and the man consented to a search of the bags, which were holding more than 900 grams of heroin with a value of approximately $160,000.

Possession and attempted delivery of heroin is a Class X felony, and in this case, at least 75 percent of the imposed sentence must be served before the man will be eligible for parole. Northern Illinois residents who find themselves charged with a similar drug-related crime may want to seek counsel who can protect their legal rights. A criminal defense attorney with an in-depth understanding of the law may be able to lessen the penalties associated with the drug charges depending upon the particular set of circumstances surrounding the search that led to the seizure of the drugs.

Source: Elmhurst Patch, "Elgin Man Sentenced to 23 Years for Possession, Intent to Sell 900 Grams of Heroin," Anicka Slachta, Oct. 14, 2016

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