Man indicted in $1 million pot seizure in North Aurora

An Elgin man was indicted Friday in a marijuana trafficking operation in which $1 million worth of the drug was seized in a North Aurora traffic stop, Kane County prosecutors said.

Mario Hernandez, 36, of the 700 block of South Street, Elgin, was indicted by a Kane County grand jury on felony counts of marijuana trafficking, unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of marijuana.

At about 8:15 a.m. Jan. 14, Kane County sheriff’s deputies conducted a routine traffic stop on a Chevrolet Impala eastbound on Interstate 88 at Route 31 in North Aurora, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said they found 56 pounds of high-grade marijuana, with a street value of more than $1 million, in the trunk of the vehicle, which was registered in the state of Oregon.

The driver, Pablo Galeana-Rueda, 34, of Aberdeen Wash., and his passenger, Jose I. Hernandez-Calderon, 41, of Santa Rosa, Calif., were taken into custody. Both were charged with felony marijuana trafficking, unlawful possession of more than 5,000 grams of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of more than 5,000 grams of marijuana.

Prosecutors said the investigation led deputies to Hernandez’s home in Elgin, where deputies found one pound of marijuana.

Friday’s indictment says Hernandez was involved with having the marijuana brought to Illinois “with the intent to deliver to another,” prosecutors said.

Hernandez remains in the Kane County jail on $2 million bail. His next court appearance is set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 9.

Galeana-Rueda and Hernandez-Calderon remain in custody at the Kane jail, on $1 million bail. Their next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 16.

All three face sentences of 12 to 60 years in prison if convicted of drug trafficking, the most serious charge.

 via : Beacon-News

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