Californian gets eight years in North Aurora pot bust

It’s a good bet that when Jose Hernandez-Calderon gets out of prison, he’ll be looking into how to sign up for an I-Pass. The California man was sentenced in Kane County Court to eight years in prison on drug charges that stemmed in part from a missed-toll traffic stop. In January, driver Pablo Galeana-Rueda, 34, of Aberdeen, Wash., and passenger Hernandez-Calderon were stopped on the Route 31 exit ramp off of Interstate 88 in North Aurora for failing to signal a lane change and skipping a 60-cent toll. When police searched the car, they found 60 pounds of high-grade marijuana, worth about $1 million.

Both men were charged with drug trafficking. Last week, Hernandez-Calderon, 41, of Santa Rosa, Calif., pleaded guilty in Kane County Court to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He received credit for 237 days he has already served in the county jail, according to court records. He will have to serve three years’ probation once he is released. Galeana-Rueda is due in court today.

That traffic stop led to charges against an Elgin resident, also for marijuana trafficking. Last month, Mario Hernandez, 36, of the 700 block of South Street, pleaded guilty to trafficking more than 11 pounds of marijuana, according to court records. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

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