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19 people charged after multi-agency heroin investigation

After more than a year of effort, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration succeeded in taking 80 kilograms of heroin off the streets of illinoiss. During the course of the investigation, which included the Chicago Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, agents arrested 19 people.

Federal authorities have charged the people with various heroin-related charges stemming from an elaborate distribution system between Mexico and Chicago. The indictments accused two men from Schiller Park of leading narcotic-dealing gangs that stored heroin in warehouses in Naperville, Sugar Grove and St. Charles. They allegedly received shipments sent from Mexico hidden inside semi trucks. Authorities named another man from Bensenville, who they charged with running a stash house where the dealers stored drugs and cash.

Plea bargains obtained previously in the investigation gained information from men involved in the drug operation. According to their agreements, they distributed heroin from Mexico and sent cash back to the source in the same truck compartments used to move the drugs.

When people get caught up in this type of investigation, a plea bargain might provide a way to limit penalties. Before making an agreement with prosecutors, they have the right to consult a criminal defense lawyer. A lawyer could explain the drug charges and inform them about the sentences associated with a conviction. Negotiations with a prosecutor concerning a plea deal could be managed by the lawyer, who could advocate for a lenient sentence. Alternatively, they could choose to deny the charges and face trial.

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