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Man sentenced to 60 years in prison for drug charges

An Illinois man was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Feb. 27 for being involved in what is being called one of the biggest heroin seizures in Kane County history. The 46-year-old man was convicted in December 2016 of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and money laundering.

The case had been ongoing since April 2014, when Aurora authorities and agents from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations conducted a search of the man's home. During the search, the authorities discovered and seized more than 8 kilograms of heroin, firearms, items associated with drug distribution and about $84,000 in cash. Authorities estimated the street value of the heroin to be about $1.3 million.

The man was facing a minimum sentence of 15 years to a maximum prison sentence of 60 years. Under Illinois law, he is required to serve at least 75 percent of his 60-year sentence; although, he will be credited for the 1,062 days he has already been held for. Additionally, he was ordered to pay a $1.3 million fine and had his $15 million bail revoked when he was convicted.

In Illinois, a person who is convicted for drug charges may face serious consequences that could include a lengthy prison sentence, stiff fines and other associated punishments. A criminal law attorney may create a strong defense based on the circumstances surrounding the case and the evidence that the prosecution has. In some instances, the attorney may challenge the prosecution's case, especially if the evidence does not match the police reports.

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