A statement released by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General indicated that a 31-year-old man from Aurora has admitted guilt on charges of heroin and cocaine trafficking. The court imposed a sentence of 19 years and six months in prison.

The charges were issued in July 2017 as a result of an investigation involving his conspiracy with two other men to sell cocaine and heroin in large quantities within Kane County. Agents from the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations stopped one of his co-conspirators, a 36-year-old man, in June 2017 while the man was transporting a large semi-truck tire. According to the attorney general’s office, these agents found approximately 11 kg of heroin and 11 kg of cocaine concealed in the tire. The man driving the truck was arrested and subsequently sentenced to 19 years and six months. The third conspirator, a 35-year-old man, received a similar sentence.

The state’s attorney in Kane County said most drug arrests in the county resulted from cocaine possession and distribution. Opioids had caused 135 overdose deaths in the county during the previous two years.

With authorities taking a strong stance against people accused of drug trafficking, a person arrested on serious drug offenses might want legal representation. An attorney could provide honest answers about the strength of the evidence and penalties associated with a conviction. The person could avoid making a decision about a plea deal without knowledge of defense options. An attorney might even identify weaknesses that could convince a prosecutor to reduce the charges or offer a favorable plea agreement.

Source: Chicago Sun Times, “Aurora man pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges“, Luke Wilusz, April 18, 2019